Anthony Weiner Is Being Criminally Investigated for Sexting a 15-year-old
The former congressman is embroiled in his fourth sexting scandal since 2011.
Things have gotten worse for Anthony Weiner.
PEOPLE has confirmed that police in both New York and North Carolina are looking into allegations that the former Democratic congressman exchanged sexually explicit texts and pictures with a 15-year-old girl.
FBI sources tell The Associated Press that they are also investigating the case.
Earlier this week, allegations surfaced that Weiner had carried on a months-long relationship with a North Carolina girl in which he asked her to undress and touch herself.
It’s unclear what – if any – charges he could face, but the AP reports that he is being investigated by the FBI’s task force that investigates the sexual exploitation of children.
The office of Jill Westmoreland, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, confirms that they are reviewing the evidence. A source in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office tells PEOPLE that they, too, are “investigating the case.”
This is Weiner’s fourth public sexting scandal – and it comes less than a month after his previous scandal.
Last month, Weiner allegedly sent a selfie of his crotch to a woman. In the photo, his child can clearly be seen sleeping in the background. That picture prompted an investigation by New York’s Administration for Children’s Services.
When last month’s scandal became public, Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, discontinued her public support of her husband. Abedin, who serves as vice chairwoman of Hillary Clinton‘s presidential campaign, announced the couple’s separation.
Additionally, the former New York congressman was let go from contributor roles at both the New York Daily News and the television channel NY1.
In 2011, Weiner resigned from Congress due to his first sexting scandal. Then in 2013, he ended his campaign for mayor of New York City amid the fall-out from his second sexting scandal.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Weiner claimed that this latest case might be “a hoax,” but added that he has “repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent.”