Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former NY congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, tearfully admitted Friday to a federal judge that he sent obscene material to a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina, the same day Abedin filed for divorce from him. As part of his plea agreement, federal prosecutors said they would consider a term between 21 months and 27 months "fair and appropriate".
The 52-year-old Democratic politician from NY, who resigned from Congress in 2011 over an earlier sexting scandal, will also have to register as a sex offender.
As part of his plea, Weiner agreed to forfeit his iPhone.
"This deserves at least a short stint behind bars for his ongoing behavior with minors online", Nancy Grace said on this "Crime Stories" episode.
Weiner, who was joined in court by his father and brother, was released on bail pending a September 8 sentencing and did not answer reporters' questions as he left.
Weiner, who lives in Manhattan and represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women. The woman claims Weiner used the alias "Carlos Danger" for their exchanges.
Weiner surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York Friday morning, pled guilty before United States District Judge Loretta A. Preska, and was released on bail pending sentencing.
"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", the former Democratic congressman told the Associated Press.
He also apologized to his victim, "whom I mistreated so badly". He then apologized to the girl. "I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed".
Weiner, 52, pleaded guilty to transmitting sexual material to a minor on Friday.
The investigation of his laptop led to the discovery of a cache of emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to her aide Huma Abedin, Weiner's estranged wife.
Abedin and Weiner married in 2010 and have a young son together. But 10 days later he admitted that he had sent the photo. He resigned from Congress in 2011 after he sent an obscene photo of himself on social media. Weiner ran for mayor of New York City in 2013 during which a similar sexting scandal unfolded. But in July of that year a gossip website published sexually explicit online chats he had with a woman the previous summer. A USA official with knowledge of the case tells The Associated Press the emails prompting the new Federal Bureau of Investigation review came from a separate sexting probe of Weiner.