It was not that long ago when we first got wind of Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was caught ‘sexting’ with young female strangers, that ended his political career.
Apparently, Weiner has pleaded guilty Friday to the sex charge, after he tearfully apologized for having communications with a 15-year-old girl. He said that this has destroyed his “life’s dream in public service.”
However, Weiner, who could go to prison, also pleaded guilty to a single count of transmitting explicit material to a minor. He admitted exchanging online messages with the girls beginning in January 2015, sharing explicit images, and even encouraging them to engage in sexually explicit behavior.
Weiner spoke out in his defense to say, “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I know the texting was morally wrong as it was unlawful.”
In court, the 52-year-old former Democratic congressman, reportedly kept pausing, as he fought back tears and tried to compose himself.
After pleading to the charge, which requires him to register as a sex offender, Weiner could possibly be sentenced up to 10 years in prison.
Moreover, while still wearing his wedding ring, and a dark blue suit with a maroon tie, Weiner read from a prepared statement after the U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska addressed him: “Tell me what you did, sir.”
Weiner then confessed saying, “I compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media.”
“I engaged with many of them in both sexual and nonsexual conversation. These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends and destroyed my life’s dream in public service. Yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart.”
Weiner then went on to apologize to “everyone he has hurt,” including the girl he “mistreated so badly.”
His wife, Huma Abedin, was not in court, however, she is filing for divorce.
As part of his plea, Weiner has also agreed to forfeit his iPhone.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim, called Weiner’s conduct “reprehensible,” saying he sent sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct to a girl he knew was 15.
Weiner, who lives in Manhattan and represented New York in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after being exposed of sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women.
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