Huma Abedin has filed for divorce from former Rep. Anthony Weiner. Apparently, she made that decision before Weiner plead guilty Friday for transferring obscene material to a minor.
He was accused of having a months-long online relationship with a 15-year-old girl, whom he asked to dress up in school uniforms and be part of “rape fantasies.”
Abedin, a top aide to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was not present at Friday’s hearing, reports CNN.
At the hearing, Weiner said he is responsible for the conduct.
“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” he said through pauses and bouts of tears in an emotional statement. “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.”
As part of the plea agreement, Weiner, 52, will register as a sex offender and also will have to forfeit his iPhone, surrender his passport and continue mental health treatment. He is also forbidden having any further contact with the minor.
“Today, former Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted and pled guilty to sending sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct to a girl he knew to be 15 years old,” acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim of the Southern District of New York said in a statement. “Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced.”
The government recommended between 21 and 27 months imprisonment, and Weiner’s counsel agreed. However, the final decision will be made by a judge.
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