Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sexting with an underage girl.
The Democrat and soon-to-be ex-husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin pleaded guilty in May to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 21 to 27 months for a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
BREAKING: Former Rep. Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for sexting teenager; three years supervised release.
— Nicole Fuller (@nicolefuller) September 25, 2017
Weiner “burst into tears” when the sentence was announced, according to a reporter.
Weiner sobbed thru his own statement and burst into tears when sentenced
— Katie Zavadski (@katiezavadski) September 25, 2017
Weiner exchanged sexually explicit messages with the girl for months beginning in January of 2016. This came after he had already been forced to resign from Congress in 2011 and seen his New York City mayoral bid derail in 2013 over similar behavior.
Weiner pleaded for leniency earlier this month, saying he was seeking treatment for his behavior and noting he had already torpedoed his wife’s career.
The bizarre saga had a major effect on the 2016 presidential campaign. After the Daily Mail reported on the relationship last September, a criminal investigation was launched, and authorities found thousands of Clinton’s emails forwarded to his computer by Abedin.
Q. What do Terry Bean, subway Jared, Anthony Weiner, Ed Murray have in common?
A. Pedophiles who hung out with high ranking Democrats.
— RockPrincess (@Rockprincess818) September 25, 2017
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months, so he'll be out in time to ruin the next presidential election for Democrats.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) September 25, 2017
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months prison for teen sexting. I'm tempted to make a joke- but this just disgusts me https://t.co/vUrq5SVDzX
— David Burke (@ConservativeTht) September 25, 2017