New York State law carries a possible 15-year prison term for anyone convicted of inducing a child under age 17 to “engage in a sexual performance.” Experts say prosecutors would need the girl or someone close to her to come forward to build a strong case.Police can investigate even without her cooperation.
The 15-year-old has reportedly not gone to police over the texts, but Robert Gottlieb, a former prosecutor who is now a prominent criminal defense lawyer, said the police "have discretion about what to do" and "the fact that there is no complaint filed does not prevent the police from investigating." Anthony Weiner admits he's facing Children's Services probe Gottlieb said that wouldn’t stop cops from getting involved.
Their initial back-and-forth wasn’t sexual, with Weiner asking at one point where she went to school. His congressional job disappeared in 2011 after he accidentally posted a pic of his bulging crotch on his Twitter account.
The teen replied with the name of her North Carolina high school. The photo was intended for a 21-year-old Seattle college student.
Texts showed that Weiner, a 52-year-old father of a 4-year-old boy, knew the recipient of his creepy correspondence was no adult.
Anthony Weiner could face charges for teen sex chat The knowledge hardly halted the skin-crawling sexual communiqués that could land the disgraced former congressman in the cross hairs of federal or state prosecutors.