Former Congressman Anthony Weiner to Plead Guilty in Sexting Case
Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.
According to reports stemming from a federal investigation, beginning in January 2016, Mr. Weiner, exchanged sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
The plea covers actions by Mr. Weiner from January through March of last year. While there is a chance that Weiner could end up registering as a sex offender, that determination has not yet been made. The charge also carries a potential jail sentence of up to 10 years in prison. However, any jail time is at the discretion of the judge, meaning he might avoid jail altogether.
Another scandal brews.
Reports of a federal investigation surfaced in September. British newspaper, The Daily Mail, reported that the disgraced Congressman had engaged in an online relationship with a minor girl. The relationship included explicit messages sent over social media and suggestive texts.
The Daily Mail article stated that the message exchanges began when the girls was a high school sophomore. Messages also indicated that Mr. Weiner knew that she was underage.
The girl, who has not been identified, is believed to have had no desire to press charges “because she believes her relationship with Weiner was consensual.” It was reported that she and her father agreed to be interviewed “out of concern that Weiner may be sexting with other underage girls.”
No Stranger to Sex Scandals
In 2011, Weiner resigned from Congress not long after an explicit picture, sent from his Twitter account, became public. Though he initially claimed that his account had been hacked, he eventually admitted that he had lied. He admitted that he had sent the image and had engaged in inappropriate online exchanges with at least six other women.
He made an effort to resurrect his career in 2013 but that, too, collapsed after the emergence of additional explicit online messages. Just last August, Mr. Weiner’s marriage fell apart after an additional scandal surfaced.
While plea deals are not only subject to change and accepted at the discretion of the presiding judge, Weiner will probably receive little more than a minimal sentence.