Former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after he pled guilty to sending pornography and sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.
The New York Post reports that in addition to spending 21 months in prison, Weiner will be required to participate in a program for sex offenders, be placed under three years of supervised release, and pay a fine of $10,000. The Daily Beast reports Weiner will have to register a sex offender.
Weiner initially faced up to 10 years in prison as a result of his lewd messages to a minor.
The New York Post’s original reporting on the topic claims that Weiner asked the 15-year-old North Carolina girl to touch herself and undress despite her revealing that she was only in high school. Court filings reportedly say Weiner sent the girl messages detailing what he would “do to her, if she were 18.”
Manhattan federal judge Denise Cote told Weiner, who claims he had been struggling with sex addition, “This was a serious crime. It’s a serious crime that deserves serious punishment.”
Weiner’s sexting habits led former FBI director James Comey to reopen the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails just mere weeks before the election. Clinton has repeatedly cited Comey as the reason for her loss. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, was Clinton’s aide. Abedin has since filed for divorce.
Weiner had a history of sexting women other than his wife before sexting an underage girl, sometimes under the name “Carlos Danger.”
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