Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, pleaded guilty Friday to criminal charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl.

The US attorney's office in Manhattan, New York, said the Democrat will appear in court on Friday.

Weiner's expected guilty plea is part of a plea agreement. It reported that the messages, which began when the girl was a sophomore in high school, indicated Weiner knew she was a minor.

"I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position".

According to the New York Times, the disgraced former congressman surrendered himself early Friday morning.

Weiner will be sentenced on September 8. A likely result of the plea is that Mr. Weiner would end up as a registered sex offender, although a final determination has yet to be made, the person added.

He retreated into private life, raising his son with his wife Huma Abedin, a close adviser to Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

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That led to then-FBI Director James Comey informing Congress on October 28 that the bureau was again investigating Clinton's private email server use.

Two years later, the Democrat took a crack at reviving his flailing career by running in the NY mayoral race.

The controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was US secretary of state dogged her throughout the campaign.

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.

Comey testified on May 3 that it makes him "mildly nauseous" that the letters to Congress could have changed the election outcome, NPR reported, but he stood by that he believes he did the right thing.

In court, Weiner cried as he apologized to the teenager with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts. He led the polls during his second mayoral bid in 2013 until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behavior after his resignation from Congress in 2011.

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