Pervy ex-pol Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty Friday to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, stemming from his online interactions in 2016 with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Weiner was taken into FBI custody Friday morning, a source told the Daily News, and he will enter the plea in a federal courtroom in Manhattan later in the day.
The Associated Press also reports that Weiner will be charged.
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after a 15-year-old North Carolina girl told a tabloid news site that she and the former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months.
She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.
According to the Times, the expected plea covers conduct from January to March of 2016. The
charge reportedly carries a potential sentence ranging up to 10 years in prison – though the former congressman also could avoid prison entirely.
People expressed their repulsion of his acts
Earlier this year, Weiner’s lawyers had reportedly been in talks with federal prosecutors for weeks, angling for a plea deal to avoid the most serious possible charge, production of child pornography, which would have carried a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.
The expected plea stems from Weiner’s most recent sexting scandal. Last year, a North Carolina teen came forward last year to say that he had been exchanging explicit messages with her.
The teen has claimed he encouraged her to role-play rape fantasies with him and to say his name while touching herself.
Weiner reportedly went by the name “T-Dog” while texting the teen and used an encryption app that erases messages and pictures as soon as they’re seen.
In one shirtless photo sent to the girl, Weiner’s hand is gripping his genitals.
A testy Weiner insisted to reporters at the time that his account had been hacked. But days later, he came clean and resigned.
He later admitted during a press conference to having carried on inappropriate online relationships with at least a half dozen women.
Two years later, he attempted a political comeback and ran for New York City mayor, but his bid imploded when more online exchanges with women surfaced, including messages he traded with a woman named Sydney Leathers under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.”