'Tearful' Anthony Weiner Sentenced for Sexting Teen

Prosecutors want two-year prison sentence for Anthony Weiner

"This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment", US District Judge Denise Cote said as she handed down the sentence, according to a statement from prosecutors. Weiner's parents and brother, Jason Weiner sat two rows behind him-his estranged wife, Huma Abedin did not attend the hearing.

As his sentence was announced Monday, the former Democratic congressman from NY dropped his head into his hand and wept, then stared straight ahead.

Weiner had pleaded guilty and the maximum sentence for the charge was a prison sentence of up to 10 years. He should surrender to jail authorities by November 6.

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner arrives at U.S. Federal Court on Monday for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor.

Abedin, speaking after her husband, said that the couple was "moving forward" and that she would continue to support Weiner despite the "horrible mistakes" he had made. "But with God's grace I will not".

Prosecutors said, "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".

Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of NY stated that Weiner's sentence carried more importance because of his previous political career.

His 2013 run for NYC mayor also went up in flames when it emerged that he was still sexting under the alias "Carlos Danger". In 2011, just a year after his emphatic speech blasting Republican Congress members for voting against aid for first responders during the 9/11 terror attacks, he resigned amid scandalous claims that he'd exchanged "messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women" over a three-year span, USA Today reports.

In June 2014, Weiner was getting attention just by favoriting a tweet about Tinder. In 1991, at age 27, he was elected to the New York City Council and served seven years.

Prosecutors told the court that Weiner had sent the young girl porn, and got her to take her clothes off and touch herself on Skype.

Weiner's attorneys say he has finally received counseling for his issues. Abedin had previously filed for divorce after his lewd messages were discovered on a laptop computer by agents investigating his crimes.

Weiner's sexting habit destroyed his career in Congress, his campaign for mayor and his marriage to Huma Abedin, a former aide to Clinton.

Anthony Weiner will be serving time for his latest sexual transgression: 21 months for sexting with a girl he knew to be a high school student back in 2016.

Weiner's sext addiction played a key role in the election of President Trump.



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