What to Know
- Former Rep. Anthony Weiner surrendered to the FBI Friday morning
- Prosecutors are recommending 21 to 27 months in prison
- He had been under investigation for "sexting" with a minor
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court Friday to one count related to "sexting" with minors, an offense that means he will have to register as a sex offender. He wept as he read his allocution, a formal admission of guilt, before the court.
Here is the full text of Weiner's statement as provided by the U.S. attorney's office:
"Beginning with my service in Congress and continuing into the first half of last year, I have compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media, and I engaged with many of them in both sexual and non-sexual conversation. These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream of public service.
In late January 2016, I was contacted by and began exchanging online messages with a stranger who said that she was a high school student and who I understood to be 15 years old. Through approximately March 2016, I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to do with adult women. I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful.
This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness. I had hit bottom. I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day.
I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I apologize to everyone I have hurt. I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly. I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed. Thank you."