Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty in federal court Friday morning in connection with a sexting scandal involving a teenage girl, sources familiar with the deal told NBC New York.
A law enforcement official says former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.
September 21: The DailyMail.com publishes an interview with a 15-year-old girl who claims she had sexually explicit online text and video exchanges with Weiner.
Weiner agreed to surrender his iPhone as part of the plea agreement and he must register as a sex offender.
Weiner came under FBI investigation following the social media report about his online relationship with a teenager from North Carolina.
"I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse", he told Manhattan federal Judge Loretta Preska.
Weiner admitted to sharing explicit images with the 15-year-old and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct; he said he knew his behavior was "as morally wrong as it was unlawful". Weiner apologizes "for the personal mistakes I have made and the embarrassment I have caused".
Weiner's attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, said in a statement that the former politician "accepted full responsibility for the inappropriate, sexually explicit communications he engaged in early past year".
Weiner and Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, have been married for almost 7 years.
In late October, just days before the election, FBI Director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Clinton's handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyze the newly discovered correspondence. Federal authorities in NY and North Carolina had been investigating online communications between Weiner and a 15-year-old girl.
Weiner is estranged from Huma Abedin, a top aide to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
That inquiry was brief. Weiner ran for mayor of New York City in 2013 during which a similar sexting scandal unfolded.
The FBI had been investigating Weiner since last year, and this particular sexting incident ultimately wound up being a consequential factor in Clinton's loss to Donald Trump in last year's election. His failed mayoral bid was the subject of the documentary "Weiner".
Weiner was reelected six times, but was forced to resign in 2011 after admitting to "inappropriate conversations" with six women during three years, including on Facebook, e-mail, Twitter and on the phone.