Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner appeared in federal court on 19 May 2017 to face criminal charges in an investigation of his online communications with a teenage girl in North Carolina.

Weiner pleaded guilty. As part of his plea deal, he will have to register as a sex offender.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a statement:

Today, former Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted and pled guilty to sending sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct to a girl he knew to be 15 years old. Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced.

Weiner cried in court as he apologized to the minor with whom he exchanged the messages. He told her, “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”

The FBI began investigating Weiner in September after a 15-year-old 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.

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.

Updated to include guilty plea.