According to The New York Times, former Congressman Anthony Weiner is scheduled to plead guilty today to the charge of transferring obscene material to a minor due to sexting with a 15-year old North Carolina teenager. It appears that his plea will only cover conduct from January through March of last year. Weiner may receive up to 10 years in prison and be required to register as a sex offender.
This is a tragic fall for a person who was once a respected Congressman and candidate for Mayor of New York City. Despite being pushed to resign from Congress over his initial sexting scandal in 2011, he continued to engage in troubling digital behavior over the years that severely embarrassed his family and led to his current legal problems.
It appears that one of women with whom he had a previous inappropriate digital relationship with was contacted by his latest victim and they worked together and sold the story to The Daily Mail which led to this criminal investigation. The teenager whom Weiner was sexting with appears to have troubling evidence that demonstrates Weiner knew his victim was underage and that he had the intent to send her images he knew were against the law.
The bottom line is that your digital activities, whether a text, image, or video, may be utilized against you in criminal or civil proceedings. Therefore, its imperative to think how your post, text, etc…may look if its plastered across newspapers around the world or submitted into evidence during a legal proceeding.