Anthony Weiner expected to plead guilty in sexting case

Weiner will appear in a Manhattan federal court at 11 am, ABC News reported.

Federal prosecutors in NY said Weiner admitted to sending sexually explicit photos and "directions to engage in sexual conduct" to a 15-year-old girl. Abedin had announced her separation from Weiner last summer after a new round of explicit messages emerged that included an image of Weiner's crotch as he lay in bed with their young son.

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty Friday in NY. He agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.

Weiner's penchant for sexting strangers online ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race.

The judge accepted Weiner's guilty plea to a charge of transmitting sexual material to a minor.

Weiner was arrested after self-surrendering Friday morning to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was during the investigation into Weiner's illicit relationship that federal agents seized his computer and discovered thousands of Clinton emails forwarded there by Abedin. According to the New York Times, he will plead guilty.

Investigators say Weiner, then 51, began exchanging illicit text messages with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina in January 2016.

The official wasn't authorized to speak about the plea bargain because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Abedin was among a tight-knit group that had an email address on Clinton's private server.

Later reports revealed he had sent sexually explicit messages to multiple women. 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 election defeat to Republican Donald Trump on Mr Comey's announcement. Clinton has said Comey's decision is part of the reason she lost the election. That investigation is what prompted the final review in October 2016 of Hillary Clinton's private server, ABC News reported previous year.

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