The Daily Mail reported in September that Weiner had exchanged pictures and sexual messages with a 15-year-old girl. The judge said he will have to register as a sex offender.
According to the statute (18 USC 1470), the charge could result in a prison term of as long as ten years, so this isn't just a little misdemeanor. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", Weiner said through pauses and bouts of tears in an emotional statement.
The controversy centered on Clinton's use of a private email server while she was USA secretary of state. A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not immediately returned.
Weiner reportedly once told the girl, "I would bust that tight p-y so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week", and sent her bare-chested pictures of himself. It's the end of practically any remaining hope for Weiner to ever work in politics again.
The plea deal with prosecutors will settle the charges against him, the Times reported.
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In a release, acting 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.
Investigation of his laptop led to the discovery of a cache of emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to her aide Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife. The two investigations - into Weiner and into Clinton's use of a private email server - briefly collided and caused then-FBI Director James Comey to publicly reveal agents had reopened the Clinton case days before the election.
That inquiry was brief. Trump and other Republicans accused Clinton of endangering national security by exposing classified information to potential hacking.
Weiner, who represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women.
Two years later, he announced a run for New York City mayor but dropped out of the race when more explicit messages became public.