‘I Have A Sickness:’ Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sexting Teen Girl

CBS2 Sources: Huma Abedin's Lawyers Filing Divorce Papers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has admitted exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a teenage girl.

Weiner, 52, surrendered Friday morning and was taken to Manhattan federal court, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.

Weiner did not comment as he walked out of the courthouse, but in court he said his “… destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends and destroyed my life’s dream of public service.”

His plea was explicit.

“I engaged in obscene communication with this teenager,” Weiner said, “Including sharing explicit images, and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct.”

READ: Anthony Weiner’s Full Statement To The Court

He cried as he apologized to the teen saying, “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”

Weiner’s attorney said his client “accepted full responsibility” and “apologized, offered no excuses, and made a commitment to make amends.” He said Weiner is “focused on his recovery.”

As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer explained, the judge told Weiner he would have to register as a sex offender.

Sources tell CBS2 Huma Abedin’s attorneys are filing her divorce papers Friday afternoon in Lower Manhattan.

Abedin forgave Weiner twice — first when the sexting scandal forced his resignation from Congress in 2011, and again when more sexting incidents surfaced two years later.

Weiner has been released on $150,000 bail pending his sentencing, which has been set for Sept. 8. He could face a fine and anywhere from no time in prison to up to 10 years.

Weiner agreed to not appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison — but a judge acknowledged that she wasn’t bound by that, and could send him away for even longer.

“Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement.

MORE: The Rise And Fall Of Anthony Weiner

Weiner had been under investigation since last September when a then-15-year-old North Carolina girl claimed in a published report that Weiner sent her shirtless photos of himself and more graphic messages, even though she made it clear she is underage.

The report appeared in Britain’s Daily Mail and claimed that the two traded sexually charged messages for several months.

She also reportedly accused him of asking her to undress on camera.

At the time, Weiner said: “I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent. I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I hurt. While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry.”

The revelations came a month after photos surfaced of Weiner sexting a woman while his 4-year-old son was sleeping in his bed.

Shortly afterward, Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, announced her separation from Weiner. The separation occurred after photos of another sexting scandal appeared in the New York Post.

The investigation into Weiner’s online communications led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Abedin, her aide.

In 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.

That inquiry was brief. Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton could not be charged with a crime. But Clinton partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey’s announcement.

“I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28, and Russian Wikileaks,” Clinton said.

In 2013, he mounted a bid for mayor, but became embroiled in a second scandal and lost the Democratic primary to Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Weiner will have to forfeit the phone he used for sexting, along with any pictures and videos.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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  1. Joe Casepack says:

    This is obviously the Russian’s fault too.

  2. Poor boy- he was just practicing to be like Slick WIllie and his grotesque wife.

    1. Richard Frey says:

      Weiner is just getting geared up to announce his Run for POTUS in 2020….He’s got Soros Money behind him and Joe Biden as his VP Choice….. Sounds like a sure Weiner????

  3. Anthony boy, tell the the judge you want the MAX sentence… At least you’ll have a FREE place to live and FREE food. With Huma filing for divorce, dude, you’re now broke and homeless.

  4. anthony boy, plead to the judge to get the MAX sentence…you could at least have a FREE place to live and FREE food. With Huma filing for divorce, he’s now broke and homeless.

    1. wRONG. HE HAS A LIFETIME OF CONGRESSIONAL RETIREMENT BENEFITS WITH MEDICAL.

  5. If the had been a person who,was not part of the progressive socialist elite or one of their followers it would have been news everyday and his crime would have been attached to the political group he was part of. The progressive socialist media will mention this once and it will be go away. It’s not about victims it is about their agenda.

  6. Samuel Green says:

    Just remember at the end of the day, Hillary Clinton set up Huma with Anthony ‘Show you my Weiner’ Weiner, and Bill Clinton himself performed the wedding ceremony.

    Lest not forget that Loretta Lynch AND Comey REFUSED to arrest and REFUSED to charge this pervert with this serious crime.

    Lynch, Eric Holder, Comey & Obama were an utter disgrace to the country they swore an oath to?

    Here’s a photo of Anthony Weiner undergoing sex addict treatment

    http://nypost.com/2016/11/04/anthony-weiner-rides-through-sex-addiction-rehab-on-a-horse/

    They should charge Holder, Lynch, Comey and Obama with dereliction of duty, as well as being utterly stuck on stupid.

  7. He better take some quickie harmonica lessons.

  8. weiner will run for prez…weiner 2020, the dems new rock star.

    1. Don Stickney says:

      With former Attorney General Eric Holder as his running mate! Weiner-Holder 2020!!

  9. Sickness, my butt. Weiner chooses NOT to control himself which seems to be all lefties when caught in these situations. Send him up and lock him tight.

  10. Jim Morrison says:

    How much longer until Huma’s male relatives seek retribution for the dishonor that Weiner has brought onto the Abedin family name?
    That’s a big deal in AllahLand.

    1. Samuel Green says:

      Jim, You should perhaps Google Ms Abedin’s family. America dodged a bullet with Ms Abedin not becoming Sec. of State under Hillary Clinton.

      The Abedin’s family beliefs on Sharia Law do not mesh well with most Americans.

  11. Another person just received 20 years for a similar offense. But being so close to the Clintons, Weiner will get a light sentence, and will be out shortly for good behavior

  12. MF Luder says:

    ex secret service agent just got 20 years for same thing.. jail this guy and his wife for perjury. and her boss

  13. Pedophiles get “special” treatment by fellow prison inmates. Just ask Jeffrey Dahmer (oh wait).

  14. Crying in court means squealing in prison

  15. The Hillary campaign know about this and did nothing. More heads need to roll.

  16. The tears and remorse is a ruse to get a light sentence. Guess it didn’t work for “Ex-Secret Service Officer Gets 20 Years for Sexting Teens From White House”. You watch… Weiner will get off (pun intended) easy.

  17. Carl Mertz says:

    @ some point in time doesn’t Hillary have to end up in jail out of all this dirt she is part of. No problem with a hacked server,no problem with hiding this mans background. No problem with one of her people murdered for releasing top information. Ever think maybe someday the USA tax payers won’t obey the law just like her.

  18. Peter York says:

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Meet your democrat presidential candidate for 2020!

  19. Wes Buckman says:

    “Disgraced former Congressman …”

    He’s a democrat, so this is a resume enhancer, not a disgrace.

    1. Weiner made the mistake of confusing the democrat permission to misuse the public’s treasury and permission to misuse the public’s children. That is for Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, etc. to do. After we must have some standards.

  20. Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener……………. er…maybe not.

  21. what’s on his frickin laptop? Huma sent classified info to it and YOU ALL KNOW IT. If you care at all about the rule of law and honoring all those who came before us, to give us the good lives we have…DEMAND that ALL politicians, regardless of party, power or money answer to the same laws WE DO

    1. Killis Awl says:

      Some are more equal than others…

  22. Troy Dynes says:

    Weiner should have played it smart to hang out with Bill Clinton and convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Clinton has even taken several trips with Epstein on his jet to his private island for trysts with underage women.

  23. Weiner will never spend a minute in prison. I give him three years and he’ll be back running for office. Democrats have no problems with pedophiles.

  24. I’m guessing this is a plea deal on Weiner’s part for immunity when he testifies about those emails on his hard drive. That would explain the soft sentencing that is being bandied about.

  25. This Weiner is getting grilled!

    1. Peter York says:

      fu-nny – I laughed out loud, and for a while. ah, I relished it.

  26. regarding Weiner’s the laptop seized by NYPD – what was in the file titled “life insurance”?

  27. Of course he has a “sickness”.
    It’s called being a Democrat.
    He “may be” required to register as a sex offender???
    If he were anyone else there wouldn’t be any “may be” about it.

  28. First of all, saying he has a sickness IS an excuse.
    Second, he wont spend ONE DAY in jail. We all know it

  29. Well,I hope he gets a nice husband in the joint

  30. Jon Napoli says:

    A ex secret service agent gets 20 years in the slammer for sexting teens. Carlos Danger or Anthony Weiner as we all know him will only have to serve two years for committing the same crime.

  31. Didn’t Weiner undergo therapy for his problem, last year? If so, it didn’t work.

  32. Can you imagine! Can you imagine for even one tiny second what the reaction would be if this happened to be even a DISTANT associate of President Trump!!

  33. How many times must it be pointed out that guns don’t kill people…people kill people. Why this guys weiner is taking the fall for his actions is beyond my comprehension. Man up! You do have a sickness. It’s called being a Dem.

  34. johnps30 says:

    Sentencing will require him to use an app that will put jail cell bars over his weener.

  35. Dale McCan says:

    Hillary let this ultimate example of Democrat manhood have classified secrets and they are investigating Trump? Definitely the inmates running the asylum.

  36. Typical perverted left wing sicko. They are insane.

  37. Lock the pervert up! And throw away the key!

  38. Bubba will be his character wittness.

  39. 2 years for him seems like a lite sentence, wasn’t some secret service guy just given 20 years in prison for the same crime?

  40. Think Huma will continue to STAND BY HER MAN?

  41. Hiram Floss says:

    since he’s a democrat will registering as a sex offender be redundant?….

    1. An individuals sexual practices has nothing to do with their political party affiliation. Look it up, I did and its about 50-50.

  42. typical swamp creature. husband of huma, hillary’s lead council for many years. hillary’s husband a rapist and liar. what does this say about her??/ about the people who follow her? how about seth rich’s murder? and john the pedo podesta her campaign manager. these people around hillary are all disgusting!

    1. any they are worried about trump saying he COULD grab a handful due to his celebrity status…literally in a lockerroom 11 years ago. that’s the best they could come up with. women i know say worse and it’s commonplace. the feminist march in washington were chanting worse in front of their small children. but so virtuous, right?

  43. The same Weiner that received thousands of classified emails??

  44. I hope the judge has a 15 year old daughter and is just as repulsed by this creep as all decent people are.

  45. Notice how his party affiliation isn’t mentioned in the story

    1. Typical of CBS. The other stories I read mentioned he was a disgraced Democrat.

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