The New York Police Department’s Special Victim’s Unit is looking into whether disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner should be charged over his sexting relationship with a 15-year-old high school girl.
Weiner exchanged sexually explicit images and messages with the girl for several months, the Daily Mail first reported Wednesday. The ex-Democratic congressman knew she was underage when he exchanged messages with her, according to both the unnamed girl and her father.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) said Weiner’s activities could land him in jail, the Daily Mail noted.
"I’ve only read the reports and let me say this: If the reports are true, it’s possibly criminal and it is sick," Cuomo told reporters. "And frankly, I’ve heard enough about Anthony Weiner and I think that goes for all New Yorkers."
Celebrity lawyer Joe Tacopina told the Daily Mail that Weiner could face a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child, which could lead to a year in jail and three years probation.
Weiner’s wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, announced earlier this month that she was leaving him over a separate sexting incident. Weiner had sent another woman a photo of his crotch with his 4-year-old son lying next to him in bed, leading Children’s Services to launch an investigation into the matter.