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Anthony Weiner Is Going to Prison

26 September 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced in a NY federal court on Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl.

The FBI began investigating Weiner in September 2016 after a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina told a tabloid news site that she and the former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months, and accused him of asking her to undress on camera.

The 53-year-old sobbed as the judge handed down the sentence. He must also enroll in a sex-offender treatment program.

"I knew this was as morally wrong, as it was unlawful", Weiner said at his guilty plea in May.

Creepy Weiner married Huma Abedin, an aide for Hillary Clinton, in 2010, and the couple had a son in 2011.

The government's memorandum goes on to state that in February 2016 Weiner and the girl participated in three video chat sessions on Skype, during which she "made clear that she was.in fact, only 15 years old".

His lawyers had asked a US District Judge for probation instead of jail.

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The maximum penalty he faced was 10 years.

The judge said Weiner's habit of exchanging sexually explicit messages and pictures with young women shows a "very strong compulsion" - so strong that "despite two very public disclosures and the destruction of his career on two occasions, he continued with the activity".

Weiner darted to his vehicle after reading his statement without taking questions, and he will report to prison on November 6.

"I have compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media, and I engaged with many of them in both sexual and non-sexual conversation", Weiner said in a prepared statement in May. A decision by former FBI Director James Comey to alert Congress just days before the election about his agency's investigation into messages potentially related to Clinton's personal server has been cited by Clinton as a key reason she lost the presidential race.

The girl involved in this case, whose name has not been officially released, has said that she initiated the contact with Weiner for political reasons.

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

Ms Abedin filed for divorce on the same day as her husband was found guilty in May. Investigators ultimately determined the emails were mostly ones they had previously seen and Clinton was ultimately cleared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation two days before the election.

Anthony Weiner Is Going to Prison