Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, 53, was sentenced today, (Monday, September 25) to 21 months in prison for sexting a teenager. He might also spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender. USA Today reports that Weiner cried as he read from a written statement in court at his sentencing hearing. He called himself “a very sick man for a very long time.”
Here’s some of the key details in his case:
1. He pleaded guilty.
He has pleaded guilty to “transferring obscene material to a minor.” Prosecutors say he not only sexted the 15-year-old North Carolina girl but also asked her to "sexually perform" for him on Skype and Snapchat, according to TIME. He faces up to 27 months in prison.
2. Weiner’s lawyers portrayed the victim as an instigator.
Lawyers representing the disgraced congressman portrayed the high school student as a girl who wanted to possibly influence the presidential election. Weiner’s lawyer’s also claimed the teen wanted to generate material for a book.
Court papers indicate that Weiner is in treatment and is deeply sorry for his actions.
According to Inside Edition, the teen initiated contact with Weiner. She told that media outlet that she wanted to see if Weiner would “take the bait” after she direct messaged him on Twitter in January 2016.
“I was disgusted,” the girl said. “That’s part of the reason I came forward.”
3. This wasn’t his first sexting scandal.
Back in 2011, Weiner accidentally tweeted a photograph of his crotch. He first blamed the image on being hacked, a claim he later retracted. According to NBC News, numerous media outlets published transcripts of sexually explicit conversations that took place between Weiner and young women he met online.
4. The sexting scandal has taken a serious toll on his personal life.
His first texting scandal prompted Weiner, who was married, to admit to several inappropriate relationships. He also resigned from his job later that year because of them. After the most recent scandal, Weiner's wife filed for divorce.
5. Some blame him for Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss...
His sexting scandals not only ended his political career, but they also entangled him in the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election. The more recent sexting scandal with the teen led to the FBI seizing Weiner’s electronic devices, including a laptop computer on which agents found a trove of emails to his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a former aide to Hillary Clinton. Some have blamed the reopening of Clinton’s email case on her election loss.
6. ... that includes Hillary Clinton.
Clinton herself has blamed her election loss on the reopening of her email case, which was prompted by Weiner’s scandal. Clinton called it "the determining factor" in the November 2016 election outcome in a recent NBC interview promoting her new book.
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