UPDATE — 9/25, 10:55 a.m. EDT: Appearing in a New York federal court Monday, Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months of jail time following a guilty plea for sending sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old in North Carolina.
According to the teenage girl who publicly acknowledged her exchanges with the former congressman in September 2016 which prompted an FBI investigation, Weiner also sent her pornographic material via Kik and asked to “display her naked body and touch herself” during a Skype chat.
Federal prosecutors have asked former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner serve between 21 and 27 months behind bars for his role in what investigators have characterized as going beyond a simple “sexting case.”
Scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Sept. 25, Weiner faces up to 10 years in jail for transferring obscene material to a minor.
According to reports, legal filings submitted ahead of his sentencing revealed Weiner participated in three Skype sessions with a teenage girl from North Carolina in 2016, one of which included the teen admitting she was underage.
Despite knowledge he was conversing with a minor, Weiner continued with the video-chat sessions and successfully persuaded the 15-year-old to disrobe and fondle herself for Weiner’s pleasure in one such online conversation.
“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,” court documents revealed.
Weiner pleaded guilty to an obscenity charge in May 2017 as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Court documents also revealed Weiner’s attorney asked for probation in the case, arguing Weiner suffers from an “uncontrollable sickness” for which he has undergone treatment.
On separate occasions beginning in 2011, Weiner has been ensnared in “sexting” incidents. Weiner had initially denied involvement despite strong evidence pointing to his role in lewd online exchanges.
Despite the behavior costing him his seat in Congress and his marriage, estranged wife, Huma Abedin, has asked for leniency for the ex-congressman, citing a “negative impact on [our son five-year-old son]”.
Under federal law, Mr. Weiner must register as a sex offender.
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