Anthony Weiner Sentenced To 21 Months

Anthony Weiner Sentenced To 21 Months

As his sentence was announced Monday, the former Democratic congressman from NY dropped his head into his hand and wept, then stared straight ahead.

Weiner fought back tears and occasionally cried Monday as he read from a written statement on a page he held in front of him in Manhattan federal court. As The Associated Press reported, he said at the time: "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse".

Weiner married Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, in 2010.

Weiner insisted his marriage with Abedin was intact.

He had faced up to 27 months behind bars after pleading guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. His attorneys say that results of a psychosexual evaluation determined that "Anthony has no abnormal sexual interest in teenagers".

Anthony Weiner could spend more than two years in prison if prosecutors get their way.

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In the week after the latest revelation, a child-welfare agency announced its investigating Weiner after it was revealed that he sexted explicit photos of himself that also showed his 4-year-old asleep next to him.

The probe became a factor in the presidential election when then-FBI Director James Comey announced an investigation into Clinton's private server needed to be reopened because of emails found on a laptop used by Weiner and Abedin.

Two days before Election Day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced there was nothing new in the emails. Clinton has said the development contributed to her loss to Donald Trump.

Lawyers for the 53-year-old Weiner had argued for light sentencing, saying in court papers that he was undergoing treatment and was profoundly sorry for subjecting the North Carolina high school student to what his lawyers called his "deep sickness". They also portrayed her as an instigator, saying she wanted to generate material for a book and possibly influence the presidential election. Weiner was fully aware of the girl's age when they were communicating, prosecutors said.

The government's memorandum goes on to state that in February 2016 Weiner and the girl participated in three video chat sessions on Skype, during which she "made clear that she was ... in fact, only 15 years old".

But prosecutors argue Weiner's pattern of behavior "suggests a risky level of denial and lack of self-control warranting a meaningful incarceratory sentence".

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