Anthony Weiner, 53, has been sentenced to 21 months of the two year prosecutors had sought in his high profile sexting scandal with a 15 year old girl. The pedophile husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, sent and requested lewd photos with the minor victim in January of 2016 – which quickly evolved into live chats and skype calls.
The former lawmaker will have to register as a sex offender upon release.
Weiner’s lawyers had argued he should have received probation in the case which Hillary Clinton blames in part for her election loss. In arguments before the court, Weiner told judge Cote that he was “a very sick man for a very long time,” calling his crime “rock bottom” as he wept through a prepared statement.
Buzzfeed provides some bullet points on the sentencing:
- Weiner cries as he is sentenced to 21 months in prison with 3 years supervised release.
- Weiner also must pay $10,000 fine
- Weiner must surrender to prison by Nov 6
- Weiner cries as he delivers statement: “I have a disease but I do not have an excuse”
- “If I had done the right thing I would not be standing before you today” – Weiner
- “The crime I committed was my rock bottom… I was a very sick man for a very long time” – Weiner
Last week, US Attorney for the district of NY, Joon Kim, laid out:
In the evening of January 23, 2016, a 15-year-old girl (the “Minor Victim”) initiated contact with the defendant by sending him a direct message on Twitter. Over the next several hours, the Minor Victim and Weiner exchanged a series of messages, ranging from the mundane to the provocative. Early in the exchange, the Minor Victim revealed to Weiner that she was in high school. Despite knowing he was communicating with a high school student, Weiner participated in increasingly suggestive exchanges…
As January turned to February, their intermittent exchanges grew more lascivious. This was despite the fact that there could be no reasonable doubt in Weiner’s mind that he was chatting with a minor – in addition to having revealed that she was a high school student, the Minor Victim told Weiner that she was getting her learner’s permit. She explained in Facebook chats that she has “parents that wouldn’t approve of some of the things” she does, and that she likes “older guys,” “[b]ut that’s illegal.” The defendant correctly observed, “You are young,” in one Kik message.
Against that backdrop, between February 17 and 23, 2016, Weiner and the Minor Victim participated in three video chat sessions on Skype.
It was then that the Minor Victim made clear that she was not just a minor – she was, in fact, only 15 years old. That did not stop Weiner. During the latter two Skype sessions, on February 18 and 23, 2016, and in a Snapchat communication on March 9, 2016, the defendant used graphic and obscene language to ask the Minor Victim to display her naked body and touch herself, which she did. He also sent an obscene message to the Minor Victim on Confide, describing what he would do to her, if she were 18. Part and parcel of these disturbing – and criminal – exchanges, the defendant also sent the Minor Victim adult pornography.
Weiner, a grown man, a father, and a former lawmaker, willfully and knowingly asked a 15-year-old girl to display her body and engage in sexually explicit conduct for him online. Such conduct warrants a meaningful sentence of incarceration.
Despite the fact that he will likely be separated from the general prison population, one wonders how Weiner will fare. Non-pedo inmates hate child abusers.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter