Anthony D. Weiner, a former congressmen and mayoral candidate, admitted to sexting a 15-year old girl and sentenced to spend 21 months in prison by a federal judge in New York City. He must also pay 10,000$ fine and he was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
Judge Denise Cote said about a 15-year old girl, “She was a minor, she was a victim, and she is entitled to the law’s full protection.”
Weiner had multiple second chances, but this time there will be no benefits for him. He tried to make the case like he had accepted responsibility for his crime, and that he has changed.
“I acted not only unlawfully but immorally, and if I had done the right thing, I would not be standing before you today,” he said, crying as he addressed the judge.
“The prosecutors are skeptical that I have truly changed and I don’t blame them,” he said. “I repeatedly acted in an obviously destructive way when I was caught.”
Weiner’s defense attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown said in a statement for Buzzfeed News that they were disappointed by the sentence.
“Judge Cote reasoned that because of Anthony’s notoriety, a sentence of imprisonment could discourage others from following in his footsteps,” the attorney said. “We certainly hope this public service message is received, but it has resulted in a punishment more severe than it had to be given the unusual facts and circumstances of this case.”
Weiner’s actions cost him his family, his wife, Abedin, filled divorce last year in August, when the picture of their son in bed was splashed.
Weiner told the court: ‘I’m an addict. I victimized a young person who deserved better. I am not asking that I be trusted. I ask you for the opportunity on probation to keep my sworn oath’
Girl first contacted him on Twitter in January 2016, and their conversation became very sexual. Weiner also used Skype and Snapchat to ask girl to touch herself, which she did. Eventually, girl sold the story to DailyMail.com which published the story.
Politician already received sex addiction treatment since he said he hit “rock bottom”.
“I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day,” he said in May.
But judges have been warned to be skeptical about Weiner’s “claimed enlightenment and post-conduct rehabilitation” given his “widely-reported prior scandals.”
“Weiner’s demonstrated history of professed, yet failed, reform make it difficult to rely on his present claim of self-awareness and transformation,” they wrote.
Weiner with a son and his ex-wife, Huma Abedin.