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Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty to Sending Minor Obscene Texts

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Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin during his run for New York City mayor. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Friday, 19 May 2017 12:44 PM

Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, in a deal with prosecutors that keeps the former Democratic congressman from appealing any prison sentence of 27 months or less.

Sentencing was set for September.

Weiners's plea on Friday before U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York City ended an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election, reported Reuters.

Weiner, 52, saw his political career implode after a series of scandals involving his inappropriate sexual exchanges with women online. U.S. authorities had been investigating reports he sent explicit messages last year to a teenage girl in North Carolina.

Federal agents seized Weiner's laptop during the probe and discovered a batch of emails from his wife, Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

As a result, James Comey, then the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced in late October that the agency was reviewing the messages to determine whether to reopen its investigation into Clinton's handling of official correspondence.

Clinton has blamed her loss to Republican Donald Trump in part on Comey's announcement, even though Comey said two days before the election in November that the review had uncovered no new evidence.

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Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, in a deal with prosecutors that keeps the former Democratic congressman from appealing any prison sentence of 27 months or less.
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