Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in sexting case

Saul Bowman
September 26, 2017

Disgraced US congressman Anthony Weiner will spend almost two years in prison for sexting an underage girl.

Ex-New York congressman Anthony Weiner burst into tears as he was sentenced to 21 months in jail for sending sexually explicit messages to an underage girl.

Weiner asked the teen to "engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him", prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

Weiner had pleaded guilty and the maximum sentencefor the charge was a prison sentence of up to ten years.

"This crime was my rock bottom", Weiner said in court.

It was not immediately clear if his soon-to-be ex-wife Huma Abedin, the former aide to Hillary Clinton, was in the Manhattan courtroom as U.S. District Judge Denise Cote handed down the 21-month punishment. Things seemed to be going well for Creepy Weiner-in 2013 he attempted a political comeback, running for mayor of NY, but that was short-lived when it was revealed that Creepy Weiner couldn't stop being a fucking creep and had been sending dirty photos to a 22-year-old woman under the pseudonym "Carlos Danger".

Weiner's lawyers, however, have argued that he is ill, pointing to his long history of inappropriate online behavior and philandering.

Weiner will report to a federal prison that has yet to be determined by the Bureau of Prisons on November 6.

Prosecutors responded by arguing the victim's motives were irrelevant to the punishment and said Weiner's habit of getting caught sexting "suggests a risky level of denial and lack of self-control".

Abedin, who has a child with Weiner, did not attend Weiner's sentencing, according to the New York Daily News.

A prison sentence would "promote respect for the law and serve as a deterrent to others who are considering a (similar) path", they say.

FBI director James B. Comey informed members of Congress on Friday via a letter that emails had surfaced in a case that "appear to be pertinent to the investigation" of Clinton's use of a private email server.

She has filed for divorce.

Prosecutors said Weiner sent the teenager porn and got her to take her clothes off and touch herself on Skype.

Cote said Weiner persuaded her meanwhile that he had accepted "complete and total responsibility" for his actions.

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