Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, in the most severe penalty yet in connection with the sexting scandal that drove the New York Democrat out of Congress and ruined his marriage.
Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty in May for sending sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl across state lines. Weiner agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. The disgraced politician apologized in court to the teenage victim, blaming his own “destructive impulses.” Weiner was forced to register as a sex offender.
Weiner said last week that he was undergoing treatment and is profoundly sorry for subjecting the minor to what his lawyers call his “deep sickness.” Prosecutors said, however, that he has promised in the past that he’s reformed.
Throughout the trial, defense lawyers had portrayed the girl as an aggressor, saying she wanted to generate material for a book and possibly influence the presidential election.
“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. “These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service.”
Weiner apologized to his now-estranged wife, longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and his family, after his admission of guilt.
“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” Weiner said.
Abedin filed for divorce just hours after Weiner pleaded guilty in May.
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.