Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Anthony Weiner, a former US congressman from New York and current democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, listens to fellow candidates speak at a debate held at the Museum of Tolerance in New York August 14, 2013.

Schaefer would not confirm if the plea was part of a deal.

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers online ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl. The government recommended between 21 and 27 months imprisonment, which Weiner's counsel agreed to, though ultimately it is up to a judge to decide. The failed mayoral bid is the subject of the documentary Weiner. He said he knew the texting was "as morally wrong as it was unlawful". His lawyer can request leniency at a sentencing scheduled for September 8. A much longer lasting punishment: Weiner will likely have to register as a sex offender, according to The New York Times, barring him from going within 300 feet of schools, public parks and any facility "devoted to the use, care or supervision of minors". "And yet I remained in denial, even as the world around me fell apart".

He then went down the courthouse elevator surrounded by his lawyers and court officers and left the building. "I had hit bottom".

Arlo Devlin-Brown, an attorney at Covington & Burling, said Weiner accepted "full responsibility" for his "inappropriate" actions, adding that Weiner would not further address the matter.

The emails that prompted the FBI to reopen its review of Clinton's private server days before the 2016 presidential election emerged from a federal investigation into whether Weiner sent explicit messages to an underage girl in North Carolina. The allegations first surfaced in the Daily Mail. "I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt", he said.

CNN was unable to confirm at the time that it was a hoax.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized his laptop computer, finding a new cache of emails that Hillary Clinton had sent to Mr Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a key adviser to the Democrat presidential candidate. He later mounted an unsuccessful run for New York City mayor. A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not immediately returned.

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