Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty in federal court Friday to sending illicit text messages with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl, various news outlets have reported.
The charge of transferring obscene material to a minor carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but Weiner is likely to get less.
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the 15-year-old North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site, the Daily Mail, that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months. Abedin was not present at Friday's hearing, and a message left with a representative for her seeking comment Friday morning was not returned.
"I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position". Weiner's online behavior first cost him his career in Congress, but he was on the verge of a comeback win in the Democratic primary for NYC mayor when his continued sexting was revealed despite earlier pledges he had overcome the compulsion.
NEW YORK (AP) - Former U.S. Rep. The judge said he will have to register as a sex offender.
The investigation of Weiner reportedly led to a scan of his estranged wife Huma Abedin's computer, which triggered a re-opening of the FBI's probe of Hillary Clinton use of a private email server, literally days before the presidential election.More news: Trump denies asking Comey to drop probe, decries 'witch hunt'
The controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was USA secretary of state dogged her throughout the campaign.
Clinton believes the hit her campaign took from the revelation led her to lose the election to Donald Trump.
Comey testified on May 3 that it makes him "mildly nauseous" that the letters to Congress could have changed the election outcome, NPR reported, but he stood by that he believes he did the right thing.
Trump fired Comey days later amid the FBI's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to defeat Clinton, an allegation the president has vehemently denied.
Weiner, who represented parts of New York City for 12 years in the House of Representatives, resigned in 2011 after an explicit photograph was posted on his Twitter account. He said he ended the habit, but it resurfaced in 2013, leading him to pull out of the race for NY mayor that year.