BY JON CRONIN
Former U.S. Rep Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Sept. 25 in Manhattan federal court for having shown obscene material to a 15-year-old girl via various internet communications. In addition to the 21 months in jail, Weiner was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
Weiner, 53, pled guilty to the charge in May. His wife, Huma Abedin, filed for divorce a week after his guilty plea. This was the third time that Weiner had been caught in similar exchanges via text. He was initially caught in 2011, and then again in 2013 after texting pictures to adult film star Sydney Leather. He then sent explicit photos to another woman in the summer of 2016 and, at the time, his 4-year-old son could be seen in one of the pictures.
“Justice demands that this type of conduct be prosecuted and punished with time in prison. Today, Anthony Weiner received a just sentence that was appropriate for his crime,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said.
During sentencing, Judge Denise L. Cote added, “This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment.”
According to court documents, Weiner messaged the 15-year-old girl between January and March 2016. The girl began messaging him on Jan. 23, 2016, via direct message on Twitter. The two exchanged a series of messages.
That night, she revealed that she was in high school and made it clear that she was a minor. Their communications continued through Facebook messenger, Skype, Kik, Confide and Snapchat. The last three are messaging and photo-sharing applications that delete messages and images once they are viewed.
The underage girl told Weiner during the first of three video chat sessions in February that she was 15 years old. On Feb. 18 and 23, 2016, Weiner used obscene language to ask her to display her nude body and touch herself, and she complied. Via Confide, Weiner described what he would do to her if she were 18 years of age and sent her links to adult pornography.
Weiner was elected to the City Council in 1991 and served as the representative for the 48th district from 1992 to December 1998.
He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998 and served as a congressman from 1999 to 2011. Weiner made unsuccessful bids to become the mayor of New York City in 2005 and 2013.
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