Anthony Weiner wept in court on Friday while begging for forgiveness as he entered a plea of guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor and agreed to accept any prison sentence less than 27 months.
He also agreed to register as a sex offender while telling the court: ‘I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.’
Weiner’s day in court came eight months after DailyMail.com revealed that the disgraced Congressman had been exchanging sexually-charged messages and explicit photos with a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina.
The exchanges began in January of last year after the teenager reached out to Weiner on Twitter, and continued through the late spring.
Weiner was 51 and still married to Huma Abedin when he sent the texts and images to the minor female, during a time when his primary responsibility was the care of his son Jordan, now 5, while Abedin was on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.
Weiner surrendered to the FBI early Friday after finalizing the details of his plea agreement with the US attorney’s office in Manhattan.
Prosecutors are recommending that Weiner serve a two-year sentence as part of the deal, and he will likely have to register as a sex offender.
The father of the young victim spoke with DailyMail.com after learning that Weiner would be entering a guilty plea, saying: ‘I don’t know if it’s justice. I don’t know what the sentence is gonna be. I would like to see, is [the sentence] fair or not fair? Just because he’s pleading guilty doesn’t mean he’s going to do a bit of time.’
The New York Times was the first to report the story, after speaking with two individuals who were briefed on the matter.
The disclosure of Weiner’s exchanges with the minor female led to an FBI probe back in September, and in late October it was revealed that the same probe had also uncovered possible evidence of Abedin forwarding classified emails to her husband’s personal laptop computer.
That discovery was later revealed in a very public manner by former FBI Director James Comey a little over a week before the election.
Clinton would later state that she believed the timing of the incident played a role in her loss to Donald Trump.
The victim – whose name was withheld because of her age – told DailyMail.com that the sexting began while she was a sophomore in high school.
In texts obtained by DailyMail.com, Weiner complained to the girl that he rarely had sex with Abedin while also lamenting the fact that he was tasked with caring for the couple’s son.
He also referred to himself as ‘T Dog.’
Weiner was aware that the girl was underage, according to DailyMail.com interviews with the victim and her father, as well as a cache of online messages.
Weiner, 52, sent bare-chested photos of himself to the underage girl, repeatedly called her ‘baby’ and complimented her body, and told her that he woke up ‘hard’ after thinking about her, according to copies of the conversations.
In one particularly lewd message, he told the teen: ‘I would bust that tight p***y so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.’
Read more: Daily Mail