NEW YORK --Authorities in New York and North Carolina are investigating online communications between disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner and a 15-year-old girl.
A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors in North Carolina said Thursday they've "begun investigative efforts." A law enforcement official not authorized to publicly discuss the investigation says an FBI task force in New York also is looking into the claims.
The 15-year-old girl described to the Daily Mail sexually charged text and online exchanges made this year. She says Weiner asked her to undress and touch herself over Skype.
Federal authorities have issued a subpoena for his cellphone and other records. The NYPD Special Victims Unit is looking into the claims, but as of Thursday evening, they have no complainant bringing a claim against him.
Weiner claimed it was possibly a hoax. A spokeswoman for the FBI and a spokesman for federal prosecutors in Manhattan declined to comment.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 amid a sexting scandal.
The Democrat hasn't returned messages seeking comment. He previously gave The Associated Press an email in which the girl recants her story. But he also said he has shown bad judgment about who he communicates with online.
Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, an aide to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and has a young son with her. He resigned from Congress after it was revealed he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages with multiple women.
He then unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2013 and was leading several polls until it was revealed he had continued his questionable behavior. Abedin left him this month after revelations he had sent more sexually charged messages to another woman.
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