Former Rep. Anthony Weiner will enter a guilty plea to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, a spokesman for a law firm representing Weiner said Friday. His attorneys are expected to ask for probation when he appears in a U.S. District Court, the sources added. Federal sex offenders can't be alone with children, and if Weiner and Abedin do finally get divorced, Weiner cannot seek custody of his son.
Joon H. Kim, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said in a statement, "Weiner's conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced".
Weiner, 52, was released on bail pending sentencing, which is scheduled for September 8, the release said. The charge reportedly carries a potential sentence ranging up to 10 years in prison - though the former congressman also could avoid prison entirely.
Schaefer would not confirm if the plea was part of a deal.
Weiner surrendered to the FBI Friday morning.
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The FBI began investigating the Democrat in September after the girl in North Carolina told a tabloid news site that she and Weiner had exchanged lewd messages for several months.
Weiner cried in court as he apologized to the 15-year-old girl at the heart of the sexting case, The Associated Press reported. That investigation is what prompted the final review in October 2016 of Hillary Clinton's private server, ABC News reported a year ago.
The investigation prompted FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife. 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.
On Nov. 6, two days before the election, Comey sent a second letter to Congress saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation had reviewed the emails on Weiner's laptop. The Comey letters and late-in-the-election investigation have been blamed for Clinton's loss to President Donald Trump, The Los Angeles Times reported.