Anthony Weiner Sentenced to Nearly Two Years in Prison for Sexting Scandal

Anthony Weiner awaits his sentencing date on Monday in Manhattan Federal Court

Anthony Weiner awaits his sentencing date on Monday in Manhattan Federal Court

Former congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.

The victim who has not been named said she was disgusted by his behaviour.

Weiner, a former NY representative who was forced to resign in an earlier sexting scandal, shed tears as he read a statement declaring that his online compulsion was "a disease" for which he offered no excuse.

One of the messages included a photo of his penis whilst he was near his four-year-old son, according to The Metro.

Prosecutors said he sent her porn and got her to take her clothes off and touch herself on Skype.

Abedin joined Weiner for the first time during a press conference, saying that although her husband had made some "horrible mistakes"."what I want to say is I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him.we are moving forward".

Even though prison term tilted toward the lower end of what prosecutors demanded after Weiner pleaded guilty in May, the 53-year-old seemed gobsmacked by its severity.

She has filed for divorce.

'The crime I committed was my rock bottom. He later ran for New York City mayor, but was unsuccessful.

The former Democratic congressman from NY had pleaded guilty in May to sending the obscene messages, and admitted, 'I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse'.

Weiner asked for probation. "And yet he compulsively responded to this teenage stranger too, under his own name as always, with his self-destructive behavior".

Weiner's attorneys said his crimes were a "product of sickness" and maintained he wasn't a sexual predator. "He never sought out teenagers on the Internet".

Police said Weiner, a former congressman from Brooklyn, began a two-month sexting session with the North Carolina teen shortly after she messaged him on Twitter in January 2016.

Weiner's attorneys say he has finally received counseling for his issues. Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 21 to 27 months in jail, arguing Weiner's pattern of behavior "suggests a unsafe level of denial and lack of self-control warranting a meaningful incarceratory sentence".

"Something more and different is required, beyond personal and professional consequences, beyond the collateral consequences that he has faced before, beyond the scrutiny of the public, all of which have failed to sufficiently deter him in the past", she said.

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