NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — From congressman to confessed felon, Anthony Weiner’s fall from grace hit rock bottom on Friday.
In a surprise turn of events, Weiner admitted to a federal sex crime.
As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, his estranged wife Huma Abedin put even further distance between them.
Weiner has not yet been sentenced for his crime, but has already started to lose any semblance of freedom. He was met by a crush of reporters on Friday, after pleading guilty to a felony charge of transferring obscene material.
Minutes earlier, Weiner tearfully admitted sexting with a girl he knew was just 15-years-old.
“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” he told a judge. “I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful.”
Among Weiner’s supporters in court was his brother Jason who tried dodging questions from a CBS2 producer.
“I have no comment,” he said.
Absent was his estranged wife, Hillary Clinton confidant Huma Abedin, who stood beside him through earlier scandals.
“I love him, and I have forgiven him,” she said in the past.
On Friday, Huma was in a different courthouse nearby, filing for divorce.
Weiner faces up to 10 years in prison, but under his plea deal is expected to get between 21 and 27 months. Upon his release he will have to register as a sex offender.
It’s unclear how much contact Weiner will be allowed to have with the couple’s son.
The divorce was filed as uncontested, meaning the couple doesn’t anticipate a legal fight.