‘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. Weiner represents all that is sick and wrong about the establishment in this country! Even his statement of admission of guilt is an attempt to downplay his responsibility by starting with the claim he has a sickness. This type of person is, unfortunately, what has become typical of elected federal representatives in this country, only interested in how much money, how much power and how much pleasure is in it for them.

  2. Rick Boc says:

    Funny thing,he faces 2 yrs,but a secret service agent,just got 20 for the same charges

  3. Jose Chacon says:

    Weiner, you just handed hillary and huma everything you have…

  4. abroad1 says:

    I am so glad his poor wife has finally dumped him. Whether he is totally demented or just an a$$hole, Ms Abedin is much classier than that … who would stay with a creep like that ?? ugh ugh ugh !!

    1. Jose Chacon says:

      Are you kidding? She’s much worse lowlife filth in her felonious behavior, she just hasn’t been caught yet

  5. one this is for sure…….his sentence WILL NOT BE LONG ENOUGH!!!

  6. Everybody sing… “I’m glad I’m not a guilty Tony Weiner”

    Add lyrics as you see fit.

  7. He was really big when Obama and Schumer were running the United States. Birds of a feather??

  8. Eric Gregg says:

    The swamp draining has begun, Anthony Weiner was low hanging fruit. DT gets hit regularly by the vitriolic extremist psychotic misguided hatred from the MSM. The swamp monsters in the establishment swamp DT has pledged to drain are fearful, and regularly give all the inside intel they can muster to their willing, hateful accomplices in the MSM, who dutifully run a wall-to-wall smear campaign. We get it. The MSM hates America and Americans. The Deep State swamp monsters want their jobs and their – dare we suggest the possibility – lucrative bribes to continue. Go President Trump. We cheer your cause and applaud your courage.

  9. How come Mr. & Mrs. Weiner didn’t bring in Reverend Jesse Jackson for spiritual counseling like Huma’ mentor Hillary did when Slick Willy was busted for depositing DNA on Monica’s nasty blue dress?

  10. Guy Hurd says:

    I thought for sure Weiner would rat on Hillary in exchange for leniency. But looks like he is going to sit on the weiner alone.

  11. Doug Day says:

    It is one of history’s great ironies that the Clinton Crime Family Enterprise was halted by a human weiner…

  12. Mike Jones says:

    A REAL “DIRTBAG”!!!!

  13. Frank Walker says:

    Weiner is clearly a person having large sexual fulfillment needs which he is unable to control. When Huma left him to go campaigning with Hillary, he was in huge trouble. He needed her desperately, but he could not be seen on the campaign trail. Thus, Weiner never had a chance.

    Frankly I think Trump is currently in a similar fix, thanks to Baron. Trump has no vices except sex. Melania meets his needs, but she is in NY much of the time because of Baron’s school. Alone and unfulfilled, Trump goes a bit nuts. This is resolving now, finally, as Baron completes the school year allowing mother and son at last to move into the White House. This cannot happen too soon. Melania’s presence and availability to him on a daily basis will help calm Trump down.

  14. Poor Huma . . . taking ‘ol Hilly’s ‘marriage counselor’ advice and staying with her wacko, weirdo, wandering Wiener hubby.

    Well, Hilly stayed with her sicko hubby, too, so in the midst of her run for Oval Office, Hilly couldn’t have her Girl Friday in a messy divorce . . . so Huma foolishly tried to follow in Hilly’s footsteps and just do whatever, whenever, however, to look good and not rock the boat.

    Well, they’re all in the drink now, so Hilly will have to give up on spewing marriage advice and concentrate entirely on drowning Prez Trump . . . another MAN she can’t stand!!

  15. my, carlos danger…how far you have fallen

  16. Jack Riley says:

    How will they tie Trump to this one”

  17. he’ll have plenty of time the play hide the weiner in prison, I hope he enjoys his daily footlong therapy for the next couple of years

  18. daystrom62 says:

    He’s gonna need Frank Drebin’s underwear in the slammer.

  19. Tom Conrad says:

    I don’t believe it. CNN did not have dawn til dusk coverage of this.(sarcasm) The good news for Hilary and Huma is that now they can spend even more intimate time together. (sans sarcasm
    )

  20. Weiner gets a slap on the hand while

    “:Former U.S. Secret Service Officer Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Enticement of a Minor and Attempting to Send Obscene Images to a Minor

    A Church Hill, Maryland, resident was sentenced today to 20 years in prison to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release for enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg of the Southern District of Florida.”

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-us-secret-service-officer-sentenced-20-years-prison-enticement-minor-and-attempting

    Wiener also gets over $1.2 million in pension for his miserable performance as a Congressman.

    Is something wrong in this country or not?

  21. Let’s not ever forget that Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner was a protege of Chuck Schumer.

  22. Ken Jackson says:

    Wait how about the classified doc . on his computer?

  23. weiner cooked because of exposure.

  24. Funny how CBS doesn’t say former Democrat Congressman. Had he been Republican, you can bet your ass they would had mentioned it, several times.

  25. Jim Wilhite says:

    Chuck Schumer was his mentor, could he have some involvement here?

  26. Thank God, being a felon he can’t run for any public office ever or even vote. He’s also has to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

  27. Cali Native says:

    If he didn’t think saying he has a “sickness” was not an excuse for his behavior, why did he say it?

  28. Did you catch it? Bet you didn’t. It was the free pass given to the Democratic party. In virtually every article about a congressman, serving or removed the (D) for Democrat or the (R) for Republican is ALWAYS printed. But for some reason, in this article the (D) has been removed. I can think of several on both sides that need to be removed all be it though that the vast majority of them have the (D) after there name. So I can only assume that CBS believes that Democrats need that additional bit of protection. Why is that? Could it be that they are card carrying liberal Democrats, not to be confused with conservative Democrats who seem to be good people on their own.

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