Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case involving minor

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During a federal investigation, agents seized a laptop that Weiner had shared with Abedin.

Former congressman Anthony Weiner has left a New York City courtroom after pleading guilty to exchanging sexually explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl.

For twelve years, Weiner represented Brooklyn and Queens in the House of Representatives, but he stepped down in 2011 after it was discovered that he had sent sexual messages to various women online.

She and her father said they agreed to talk out of concern that Weiner, who was driven out of Congress and the 2013 NY mayoral race due to highly publicized and sexually charged online relationships with other women, might be a threat to other underage girls.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband", Abedin said at the time. Some of those emails were said to be potentially classified, which led to then-FBI Director James Comey announcing that he was reopening an investigation of Clinton's private email server days before the presidential election.

"I accept full responsibility for my conduct", he told Preska.

"I apologize to everyone I have hurt", Weiner added in his admission to the court.

"These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream of public service", Weiner said. Anthony claimed that the relationship with the North Carolina teenager "who said she was a high school student" began after she got in touch with him online.

The government is seeking a term of 21 months to 27 months in jail on the single count of transferring obscene material to a minor, though with no mandatory minimum the judge could still give him probation.

He then went down the courthouse elevator surrounded by his lawyers and court officers and left the building.

"I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed", he said.

He ran for New York City mayor in 2013 and was leading several polls until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behavior.

As part of his plea, Weiner agreed to forfeit his iPhone.

In testimony to Congress two weeks ago, Comey said he felt "mildly nauseous" at the suggestion his actions may have swayed the election, but added that he had no regrets.Trump fired Comey days later amid the FBI's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to defeat Clinton, an allegation he has vehemently denied. Clinton attributed her loss in the 2016 election to Comey's last minute disclosure.

A few months after Weiner announced his mayoral bid, a blogger published screenshots of sexual conversations Weiner allegedly had with a woman other than his wife.