Disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner entered a guilty plea this morning to charges related to a sexting scandal involving a 15-year-old girl, Politico reports.
“At a court hearing in Lower Manhattan, Weiner admitted he knew the woman was underage, as part of a plea agreement that will require him to register as a sex offender,” Politico reports. “Prosecutors recommended a sentence between 20 months and 27 months as part of the agreement.”
“A tearful Weiner said his ‘destructive impulses’ led him to send the explicit images, and he admitted to ‘encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct’ in late 2016,” the report notes.
Weiner is quoted telling the judge: “This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depth of my sickness. … I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”
The report adds: “Weiner, who was wearing a wedding ring, agreed to surrender his iPhone and passport, and he was released from court awaiting a sentencing on September 8. Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, was not in the courtroom.”