Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner to plead guilty in sexting case

Anthony Weiner will appear in federal court Friday to face criminal charges in connection with an investigation of his online communications with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan says the Democrat will appear in court at 11 a.m. Friday.

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing.

The judge told him he would have to register as a sex offender.

Anthony Weiner, former U.S. Democrat Representative from NY, speaks to the media before the start of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 26, 2016.

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.

Weiner, 52, was released on bail pending sentencing, which is scheduled for September 8, the release said.

The former Democratic congressman saw his political career implode after a series of scandals involving his inappropriate sexual exchanges with women online.

But it is reported he will admit a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, as part of a plea deal with the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan, after surrendering to the Federal Bureau of Investigation early Friday morning.

Disgraced former United States congressman Anthony Weiner has cried in court as he pleaded guilty to sexting a 150-year-old girl.

Weiner's expected guilty plea is part of a plea agreement.

An investigation was launched last September into reports that Weiner had been sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, The Times reported.

Weiner is estranged from Huma Abedin, a top aide to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. That eventually led authorities to confiscate Abedin and Weiner's personal electronics, which then led to former FBI director James Comey re-opening an investigation into Hillary Clinton's misuse of private email just days before the November presidential election.

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. Clinton has publicly stated that the announcement contributed to her losing the election.

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