The teen girl whose sexting with Anthony Weiner led to the disgraced ex-congressman's prison sentence is at the center of another sex crime after a former teacher has been charged for allegedly having sex with her.
Jonathan Conrad Busch, 54, was arrested Thursday by the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina and charged with two counts of statutory rape of a child under the age of 15 and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to the Associated Press.
He accused of having sex with the same girl who exchanged sexually explicit texts with Weiner in 2016, when she was 15, according to WCNC in Charlotte.
The principal of the school where Busch taught, Lake Norman High School, confirmed in a letter to parents that Busch resigned from his position as a social studies teacher due to the criminal charges.
The superintendent said none of Busch's alleged crimes occurred on the high school's campus, nor did they involve any other current or former students at the school.
Busch reportedly worked at Lake Norman High School for nearly 15 years as a social studies teacher.
After his arrest, Busch was released on bond. He is due back in court on Monday.
Weiner pleaded guilty in May 2017 for engaging in obscene communications with the girl, knowing she was underage. According to federal prosecutors' court filings, he “used graphic and obscene language to ask the Minor Victim to display her naked body and touch herself, which she did.”
He was sentenced in September to 21 months in federal prison, which he is serving at the Federal Medical Center, Devens, a Massachusetts lockup for male inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care.
Weiner's congressional career and 2013 New York City mayoral run crumbled due to prior sexting scandals. His texts with the teen led to the FBI giving a second look to Hillary Clinton's emails just days before the 2016 election, something the Democratic candidate has cited as a major factor in her loss.
Weiner was married at the time to Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin, who filed for divorce the day he pleaded guilty.
[Photo: Gaston County Sheriff’s Department]
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