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Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty in Sexting Case, Could Get Years in Prison

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Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has pleaded guilty to transmitting sexual material to a minor and could get years in prison.
    
Weiner agreed Friday not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.

During the hearing, the Democratic former congressman apologized through tears to the 15-year-old girl with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts, saying, "I accept full responsibility for my conduct. I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse. I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful." 

"These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream of public service," he continued. "I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed." 

Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the hearing. 
    
The judge told him he would have to register as a sex offender.
    
The FBI began investigating him 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.

Weiner's political career ended after his penchant for sexting strangers became public. He said his "destructive impulses brought great devastation" to his family and friends.
    
The investigation of his laptop led to the discovery of a cache of emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to her aide Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife.

Weiner declined to speak to reporters as he left the courthouse.

(The Associated Press, CBS News contributed to this report.)

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