"I'm relieved, I'm happy for the kid that he was talking to", Leathers said of Weiner's 15-year-old victim. Authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner, 52, sent explicit messages a year ago to a teenage girl in North Carolina.
The day was marked by an emotional courtroom confession and news that Weiner's estranged wife, Huma Abedin, filed for divorce after a separation that began previous year amid the evolving sex scandal.
"I love him, I've forgiven him, I believe in him", she said.
A message left with a representative for Abedin seeking comment Friday morning was not returned.
"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", the former Democratic congressman told the Associated Press. He also must register as a sex offender.
The charge carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison, but could involve no jail time depending on the determination of a judge. He added that Weiner remains "focused on his recovery".
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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 accepted a plea deal following an FBI investigation.
That inquiry was brief. The Comey letters and late-in-the-election investigation have been blamed for Clinton's loss to President Donald Trump, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Weiner admitted to sending obscene texts to a 15-year-old North Carolina girl, whom he implored to participate in rape and role-play fantasies.
Weiner ran unsuccessfully for mayor of NY in 2013 in a campaign that collapsed when Weiner, using the alias "Carlos Danger", again was found to be sending explicit photographs.
His failed mayoral bid is the subject of the documentary Weiner.