Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed Monday that he was the one responsible for sending a lewd photo of himself to a college student on Twitter but stopped short of resigning from his post a week after the embattled politician first drew fire for the image.
"I have made terrible mistakes," Weiner said through tears during the press conference. "The picture was of me, and I sent it."
The Congressman, thought of as a frontrunner for the 2013 mayoral race, originally claimed his Twitter account had been hacked. Weiner, an active Twitter user has not used the social media service since June 1.
Weiner also said he has sent pictures to six women over the past three years but that he never had physical relationships with any of the women.
"I shouldn't have done this," Weiner said. "I shouldn't have done this particularly since I'm married."
The politician said he sent the images from his home computer and personal Blackberry and did not use government resources.
The conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, who first released the original photo, stunned reporters when he crashed the press conference and took to the podium, the same day he posted alleged photos of the congressman on his website.
Breitbart claimed these images were sent to a second woman, but her identity has not been revealed.
One of the alleged photos shows a man with his shirt off. Another image shows the congressman sitting on a couch with two cats.
The House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for an Ethics Committee investigation to determine whether Weiner inappropriately used any official resources and if he had violated any House rules.
(Photo: Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart hijacks Weiner's press conference/ Arun Venugopal)