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Anthony Weiner accused of sexting 15-year-old girl; he claims it’s a hoax

NEW YORK -- Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner acknowledges he communicated online with a girl who accused him of sending sexually explicit messages, but he says he's also been the subject of a hoax.

Online news outlet DailyMail.com published an interview with the 15-year-old girl, who said the online text and video exchanges with Weiner went on for several months this year. The girl says the exchanges included Skype chats in which Weiner asked her to undress and touch herself.

Weiner on Wednesday gave The Associated Press an email supposedly written by the girl to her teacher, in which she recants her story. But Weiner says he has "repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment" about the people with whom he communicates online.

Earlier this month, a child welfare agency started an investigation following another sexting scandal involving Weiner.

The New York Post published photos it said Weiner had sent last year to a woman he had never met. It said one of the photos showed Weiner in his underpants lying on a bed with his 4-year-old son.

Weiner is now separated from his wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Weiner also is a former New York mayoral candidate. He quit Congress in 2011 following revelations he was sending women sexually explicit messages.

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