Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty to transferring sexual material to a minor after being investigated for sexting with a 15-year-old in 2016.
He will be registered as a sex offender and could face jail time. His defense negotiated so that Weiner could not appeal a sentence shorter than 27 months.
While in court, Weiner cried and issued an apology to the girl.
Weiner finally hits rock bottom
Apparently, 51-year-old Weiner was contacted via Twitter by a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina. From there, they developed a virtual relationship with sexual activities, since the congressman asked the girl to send naked photos of herself, while he also sent pictures of him.
The man did not deny the accusations, although he believed to be immersed in an operation to incriminate him. This is not plausible as he was involved in a similar scandal in 2011 when he publicly posted on Twitter a photo of him having an erection. At first, he claimed that his account had been compromised, but then he confessed that he was trying to send the picture to a mistress.
During the trial, Weiner claimed to have “destructive impulses,” which made him send the images. He also admitted having encouraged the girl to “engage in sexually explicit conduct.” He admitted having a sickness and claimed to have wanted to take full responsibility. Weiner provided the court his iPhone and his passport.
Furthermore, Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s most important advisers. The case went over to damage her campaign, as the FBI obtained a subpoena that allowed them to look into Anthony Weiner’s laptop.
Not an isolated scandal
Although they were looking for obscene pictures, authorities found some of Abedin work emails, which were then examined as a part of Clinton’s email. Server scandal. Unexpectedly, the emails found in Weiner’s computer were not sufficient to change the FBI’s decision to not press charges against the presidential candidate. The decision remained even after FBI Director James Comey stated in May that Huma Abedin had forwarded “thousands” of Clinton emails to Weiner, which may suggest why Comey wanted to warn Congress about the email case just days before the election.
Weiner tried to revive his political career in 2013, promoting his campaign for New York City mayor. Shortly, a woman revealed that Weiner once more had been involved in sexually explicit conversations, this time just after he resigned from Congress. Approval ratings went down as he admitted to having been with several other women prior.
Media outlets agree that Weiner has a desperate need for attention, even if it may cost him his family and his career. One of his least documented scandals is that he proceeded to send obscene pictures to a different mistress while he was laying with his son in bed.
Abedin and Weiner separated after a painful amount of spotlight on the husband’s plentiful sex scandals, which some believe may have cost Hillary Clinton the election.