The Congressman who couldn’t keep it in his pants will be going to prison. He’d better keep it in his pants there.
Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday on federal charges of sending pornography and sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.
“Transmitting obscenity to a minor to induce her to engage in sexually explicit conduct by video chat and photo—is far from mere ‘sexting,’” prosecutors implored the judge.
Weiner pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor in May, with prosecutors recommending a sentence of 27 months in prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender.
Weiner, 53, resigned from Congress after tweeting an explicit photo from his account in 2011. Two years later, sexting revelations derailed his mayoral bid in New York. He continued his reckless behavior even after encountering a high-school student, and sexted with a Trump supporter while wife Huma Abedin was on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton.
At the time, Abedin said she had forgiven her husband, and that the couple was “moving forward” with their young son.
Abedin finally filed for divorce after his guilty plea.
“Weiner, a grown man, a father, and a former lawmaker, willfully and knowingly asked a 15-year-old girl to display her body and engage in sexually explicit conduct for him online,” prosecutors wrote. “Such conduct warrants a meaningful sentence of incarceration.”
His lawyers asked the judge for leniency.
“Anthony had already repeatedly been ruined by scandals in which his ‘confidential’ adult counterparts reported their explicit encounters to the tabloids,” his lawyers pleaded. “He responded as a weak man, at the bottom of a self-destructive spiral, and with an addict’s self-serving delusion that the communications were all just Internet fantasy.”
In a letter to the court, Paul Kelly, a psychotherapist who said he’s been treating Weiner for nine months, said he suffers from “sexual compulsivity problems, sometimes referred to as ‘sex addiction.’”
“In Anthony’s case, his negative sexual behavior has revolved around sexually explicit communications with strangers on the internet,” the counselor, Paul Kelly, wrote. “For him, communication and affirmation are his goals, not actual physical sexual contact, and the communications he has sought have consistently been with consenting adults. The exchange he had which crossed legal boundaries was an anomaly.”
The New York Post earlier this month ran the story and a video of the teen girl that Weiner sexted. You can read the story and watch the video here.