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20 May 2017, 05:48 | Terri Saunders
Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case
A law enforcement official says Weiner has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.
Weiner turned himself in to the FBI Friday morning and was at federal court at 500 Pearl St., in Manhattan for the arraignment.
We thank the FBI and the NYPD for their work in this investigation.
Weiner (52) entered his plea before U.S. district judge Loretta Preska shortly after 11am (4pm Irish time).
As part of the plea agreement, he also will have to forfeit his iPhone, surrender his passport, continue mental health treatment and is barred from having any contact with the girl.
On Friday, Weiner described his repeated transgressions as compulsive behavior and said that since a year ago he has been receiving "intensive" mental health treatment.
"As reflected in the plea agreement, the resolution on terms far less severe than could have been sought reflect 'the specific circumstances of the offense conduct in this case, ' which did not feature aggravating factors often present in cases of this kind", Devlin-Brown said.
The judge also told him he would have to register as a sex offender.
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Last September, The Daily Mailreported that Weiner, 51, had been sexting a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina for months, sending explicit texts, asking her to dress up in revealing outfits and to indulge in rape fantasies.
Weiner will appear in court at 11 a.m., the US attorney's office in Manhattan says.
The sexting case even carried over into the 2016 presidential election when investigators, who seized Weiner's laptop computer, found a cache of purportedly new emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent to her confidant HumaAbedin, Weiner's wife.
As a result of their investigation into Weiner's sexting, the bureau opened a new investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server in October of a year ago.
Though Mr Comey said soon afterwards that the emails contained nothing to change his view that Mrs Clinton could not be charged with a crime, the development was seen as influencing voters in the run-up to polling on 8 November.
Weiner represented New York's 9th congressional district in Brooklyn and Queens for 12 years until he stepped down in 2011 after admitting to sending sexually explicit social media messages and texts to several women. But Clinton partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey's announcement.
Two years later, he announced a run for New York City mayor but dropped out of the race when more explicit messages became public.
His failed mayoral bid is the subject of the documentary "Weiner".
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