Anthony Weiner


Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months for sexting with 15-year-old girl

PUBLISHED Mon, September 25, 2017 - 11:53am EDT
Anthony Weiner (Credit: IFC Films)

Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner, who became widely known because of sexting scandals that led to his resignation and ruined his bid for mayor of New York City, has been sentenced to nearly 2 years in prison for having sex chats with a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner, 53, was sentenced on Monday morning to 21 months in prison and a fine of $10,000, followed by internet monitoring and 3 years of probation. The former Democratic congressman will also have to register as a sex offender and take part in a treatment program.

Weiner, who must report to prison by November 5, dropped his head into his hands and began to cry as his sentence was read out in court. He later left the courtroom and was taken to his car, in which he continued to cry for several minutes as he waited to leave, the AP reported.

U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote described Weiner's condition as sexual hyperactivity and explained there was no evidence that Weiner has a "deviant interest" in teenagers or other children. Cote said her sentence would finally allow Weiner to receive effective treatment, AP reported.

Monday's sentencing came 4 months after Weiner entered a guilty plea to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor. As part of a plea deal, Weiner agreed to not appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months, although the judge had the option to impose a sentence as high as 10 years.

The allegations were first revealed in September 2016 when the teenager approached the UK's Daily Mail, stating that her online relationship with Weiner began in January 2016. She said they engaged in sex chats and video calls during which Weiner asked the girl to strip naked and masturbate.

Weiner's lawyers claimed in a court filing earlier this month that the teenager had admitted to investigators that she approached the former congressman to influence the outcome of last year's presidential election, which involved former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose aide Huma Abedin is married to Weiner.

"[The girl] first contacted Anthony on Twitter on the night of January 23rd, announcing herself as a 'huge fan,'" Weiner's attorneys said. "In fact, and unbeknownst to Anthony, [the girl] was looking for material for a book - one she has now written and is shopping to publishers. As she later stated to Government investigators, she also hoped somehow to influence the U.S. presidential election, in addition to securing personal profit."

Weiner's lawyers, in arguing for a lenient sentence, further emphasized that he had never sought out teenagers on the internet and never tried to meet with the girl in person. They also claimed that the former lawmaker had made "stunning progress" after seeking professional treatment.

Weiner served as the U.S. Representative for New York's 9th district from January 1999 until his resignation in June 2011 after it was revealed that he had been sexting with at least 6 women over a 3-year period, both before and during his marriage with Huma Abedin, who has since filed for divorce.

The scandal erupted when Weiner tried to send a sexually suggestive picture to a female follower on Twitter, but instead of sending it in a private message he accidentally sent it to all of his followers. He initially tried to deny sending the photo, falsely claiming that his account had been hacked.

In 2013, Weiner announced that he would run for Mayor of New York City and briefly led the polls for the Democratic primary until it emerged that he had continued to engage in sexting after his resignation. Weiner lost support in the polls and gave up after receiving only 5% of the vote in the primary.

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