Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner has plead guilty in federal court on criminal charges in connection with an investigation of his online communications with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
The former Democratic politician cried as he plead guilty to sending obscene messages to a minor.
Mr Weiner agreed as part of plea deal not to appeal any sentence of 27 months or less.
The Democratic former congressman apologised to the 15-year-old, saying: “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”
Then-New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference alongside his wife Huma Abedin in New York in July 2013
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The investigation of Weiner impacted the US election in November.
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after the North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site that she and the disgraced former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.
She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.
The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife.
FAQ | Hillary Clinton’s emails
In October, just days before the election, FBI director James Comey stunned the country by announcing that his agency was reopening its closed investigation into Clinton’s handling of State Department business on a private email server so it could analyse the newly discovered correspondence.
That inquiry was brief. Comey announced shortly before the election that the new emails contained nothing to change his view that Clinton could not be charged with a crime. But Clinton partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey’s announcement.