Ex-Politician Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty to Lewd Texting With Teen
Former congressman Anthony Weiner is once again in the spotlight but this time, instead of stories of allegations, Weiner finally brought a conclusion to his drawn-out sexting scandal by pleading guilty to sending sexually-implicit materials to a minor.
The 52-year-old politician entered into a plea agreement with prosecutors in New York on Friday. Part of the agreement includes Weiner pleading guilty, not appealing any sentence that is between 21 to 27 months in jail, and registering as a sex offender, as well as surrendering his iPhone.
The ex-politician tearfully read his prepared statement in front of the judge and in the presence of everyone in the jam-packed courtroom.
Weiner revealed that he “compulsively sought attention from women” who contacted him on social media and that he “engaged with many of them in both sexual and non-sexual conversation.” He admitted that this compulsion brought destruction to his family and friends and ruined his lifelong dream of serving the public.
The statement from the former New York congressman also detailed the “sexting” that transpired between him and the 15-year-old girl.
“In late January 2016, I was contacted by and began exchanging online messages with a stranger who said that she was a high school student and who I understood to be 15 years old. Through approximately March 2016, I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to do with adult women.”
Weiner acknowledged that he knew that what he was doing at that time with the teenager was not only morally wrong but unlawful as well.
The ex-congressman ended his statement by accepting full responsibility for what he had done, saying that he has “a sickness but I do not have an excuse.” He also apologized to everyone he has hurt and to the teenage girl whom he “mistreated badly.”
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