NEW YORK, NY — Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty on Friday morning to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.
The investigation into the 52-year-old ex-politician began last September after he “sexted” a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. Through tears, Weiner entered his guilty plea in Manhattan and stated, “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”
Weiner will have to register as a sex offender, and he also agreed to surrender his iPhone and passport. His bond was set at $150,000.
The charge could carry up to 10 years in prison. Weiner said he would not appeal a sentence of up to 27 months.
In his statement, Weiner said:
“I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I apologize to everyone I have hurt. I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly. I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed…. I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness…. I had hit bottom. I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day…. These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service. And yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart.”
Weiner, who is legally separated from top Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, resigned from Congress in 2011 over a previous sexting scandal. His subsequent 2013 New York City mayoral campaign also ran aground following a similar sexting issue wherein Weiner was revealed to go by the online identity “Carlos Danger.”
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim accepted Weiner’s plea and said, “Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced. We thank the FBI and the NYPD for their work in this investigation.”
Weiner is scheduled to appear before a judge for sentencing on September 8. He should have an interesting summer ahead of him.