Former NY Rep. Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Federal Prison for Sexting Teenager
Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sending sexually explicit text messages and photos to a 15-year old girl.
Experts believe the case may have affected the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin, was a top aide to Mrs. Clinton.
“This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” said U.S. District Judge Denise Cote while addressing Weiner at sentencing.
Anthony Weiner who was also fined $10,000, will serve three years probation upon his release from federal prison.
The former congressman pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor and agreed not to appeal any sentence less than 27 months. He is expected to surrender to begin serving the sentence before November 6, 2017 and must register as a sex offender upon release.
“This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” said U.S. District Judge Denise Cote while addressing Weiner at sentencing. Weiner held his face in his left hand and began sobbing.
Weiner pleaded with the judge to spare him prison time tearfully saying he was “a very sick man for a very long time”.
“I am profoundly sorry,” he said. “The crime I committed was my rock bottom … I live a different and better life today.”
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The government had asked the judge to give less weight to Weiner’s claims of therapeutic awakening. Prosecutors suggested his conduct “suggests a dangerous level of denial and lack of self-control.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim in the government’s sentencing recommendations released last week said Weiner should have known better.
“As Weiner knew full well, the law unequivocally prohibits the online sexual exploitation of minors, no matter the app used to commit the crime or the apparent sophistication or motivation of the young teenager on the other end. The law must be respected to protect other teens from falling prey to the same conduct,” Kim wrote.
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