Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting 15-year-old girl

Friday, May 19, 2017

Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner has pled guilty to exchanging illicit text messages with a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner has admitted to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, and won't appeal his sentence.

He surrendered to police this morning and appeared in court at 11am local time (4pm GMT), according to the FBI.

Weiner faces a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison and will be forced to sign the sex offenders' register, according to the New York Times.

It is alleged that Weiner shared "rape fantasies" with the girl, and asked her to dress up in school uniform during their Skype conversations, which went on for several months.

This isn't the first time Weiner, who is married to long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, has been in trouble over lewd messages sent to women. Indeed a previous scandal forced him to resign his seat in the House of Representatives in 2011.

Then, in 2013, he made an unlikely bid for the New York mayoralty but the campaign was soon mired in controversy when Weiner revealed he had sent explicit messages to up to 10 women, using the alias 'Carlos Danger.'

One of the women, Sydney Leathers, claimed Weiner sent her nude photographs and had phone sex with her. The controversy rumbled on and Weiner ended up with only 5% of the vote in the mayoral primary.

The current investigation has been ongoing for several months and has had implications at the very top of US politics - for it was during the current inquiry that the FBI found a number of emails directed to Abedin and subsequently reopened its review of Clinton's private email server, just 11 days before polling for the US presidential election opened.