Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

The US attorney's office in Manhattan said Weiner will appear in court on Friday

Former congressman Anthony Weiner has pleaded guilty to transmitting sexual material to a 15-year-old girl and faces years in prison.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, he agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.

Mr Weiner could be jailed for up to 10 years and is likely to be listed as a registered sex offender.

United States authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner sent explicit messages past year to a teenage girl in North Carolina.

The teen has claimed he encouraged her to role-play rape fantasies with him and to say his name while touching herself.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized his laptop computer, finding a new cache of emails that Hillary Clinton had sent to Mr Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a key adviser to the Democrat presidential candidate.

Earlier this year, Weiner's lawyers had reportedly been in talks with federal prosecutors for weeks, angling for a plea deal to avoid the most serious possible charge, production of child pornography, which would have carried a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", Weiner said in court. "This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness".

Mr Weiner is expected to enter his plea at a Manhattan court on Friday morning, according to local media.

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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty Friday to transferring obscene material to a minor, according to the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY.

In a statement to CNN at the time of the first reports, Weiner neither confirmed or denied sending the texts. "Sentencing has been scheduled for September 8, 2017, at 11 a.m".

His estranged wife, Huma Abedin, the one-time close aide to Hillary Clinton, filed for divorce the same day.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim, speaking afterward to reporters, said Weiner's conduct "was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced".

In September, his victim told a news website she had exchanged lewd messages with him for several months and also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.

The two investigations - into Weiner and into Clinton's use of a private email server - briefly collided and caused then-FBI Director James Comey to publicly reveal agents had reopened the Clinton case days before the election. Attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said his client had "made a commitment to make amends". Days before the November presidential election, now-former FBI director James Comey told Congress about the FBI investigation into emails between Clinton and her aides, The Times reported past year.

Two years later, determined to revive his political career, he ran for mayor of NY, but further sexts and photos were published, posted under the alias "Carlos Danger".

His failed mayoral bid was the subject of a documentary called Weiner.

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