Justice has been served. Former U.S. representative Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months behind bars for exchanging X-rated messages with a minor. This comes after the 53-year-old pleaded guilty in May to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor after communicating with a 15-year-old girl from January to March of 2016.
“I was a very sick man for a very long time,” he said before the sentencing, referring to the communication he had with the teen via Snapchat and Skype, during which her undressed body was on display and she was asked to perform sexually for the disgraced politician. “I was the adult… If I had done the right thing, I would not be standing here before you today.”
The terms of his sentence — which were read and decided by Judge Denise Cote — include three yaers of supervised release, a $10,000 fine, and registering as a sex offender. He is expected to surrender on Nov. 6 of this year.
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“This was a serious crime, and it’s a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” Judge Cote said in court. “There’s a uniform opinion by those who have examined him that he is an addict. He has a disease that includes sexual compulsivity. Some call it sex addition. Steps are being taken...to limit his access to social media.”
Anthony — who was previously married to Hillary Clinton’s close advisor, Huma Abedin, with whom he shares a six-year-old son — resigned from congross in 2011 when sexually explicit photos of himself, which he sent to an adult woman, were accidentally leaked on his Twitter account. He later confessed to having inappropriate relationships with several women during the course of his marriage.
His most recent incident — for which he was sentenced for today — played a significant role in the 2016 presidential election. His laptop was seized as part of the investigation, and emails relating to Hillary’s email controversy were discovered, prompting FBI director James Comey to reopen the email investigation at the height of the election.