02 June, 2017
CNN reports Abedin submitted the divorce papers before her estranged husband pled guilty to charges regarding sexually explicit photos and messages he exchanged with a 15-year-old girl last year.
Abedin, a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton past year, separated from Weiner in September after revelations he had sent more sexually charged messages online. Under the plea deal, Weiner agreed to register as a sex offender and not to appeal a sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. His lawyer can request leniency at a sentencing scheduled for September 8.
Weiner, a Democrat who represented a New York City congressional district for more than a decade, resigned in 2011 after a scandal over an explicit photo he accidentally sent from his Twitter account. "I accept full responsibility for my conduct", he said tearfully, as part of his plea. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse".
He also apologized to his victim, "whom I mistreated so badly". "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life". "I am committed to making amends to all those I have harmed".
"I had hit bottom", Weiner said.
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"I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a programme of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day".
The former congressman told the judge that "these destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream of public service".
He surrendered to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in NY early Friday and appeared in court late-morning, telling U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska how he had communicated with the teenager, "as I had done and continued to do with adult women", according to his plea statement, which was released by his attorney. He said he knew the texting was "as morally wrong as it was unlawful". Authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner, 52, sent explicit messages previous year to a teenage girl in North Carolina.
She also accused him of asking her to undress on camera.
The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Hillary Clinton had sent to Huma Abedin. Days before the November presidential election, now-former FBI director James Comey told Congress about the FBI investigation into emails between Clinton and her aides, The Times reported a year ago. He later said the emails were duplicates of earlier material already examined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.