Weiner pleads guilty, could get years in prison

Weiner pleads guilty, could get years in prison

The Democrat will appear in court at 11 a.m., the USA attorney's office in Manhattan said.

The former Democrat politician could face years in jail, but as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, he will not appeal any sentence of between 21 and 27 months.

Anthony Weiner will plead guilty in federal court to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, two unnamed sources told The New York Times. Weiner will have to register as a sexual offender, according to Bloomberg.

Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was expected to plead guilty in federal court in NY on Friday, months after U.S. prosecutors opened an investigation into his alleged "sexting" with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl that eventually played a role in the U.S. presidential election.

Weiner cried in court as he apologized to the 15-year-old girl at the heart of the sexting case, The Associated Press reported.

The scandal rocked the American political landscape, when a federal investigation of Weiner's computer allegedly revealed emails forwarded by his wife, Huma Abedin, who was working for Hillary Clinton.

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. The Daily Mail reported she said he sent her numerous photos, one of him in a pool and at least one bare-chested.

The inquiry was brief and Mr Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Mrs Clinton could not be charged with a crime, but she partly blamed her loss to Republican Donald Trump on Mr Comey's announcement. Clinton has publicly stated that the announcement contributed to her losing the election.

Weiner's lawyer, Arlo Devlin Brown, didn't immediately return a message Friday.

Weiner, who represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women. That bid was ruined when news broke that Weiner, using the alias "Carlos Danger", had sent explicit pictures to an IN woman.