Thursday 19 April 2018

Disgraced former US congressman Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months for sexting 15-year-old girl

Former US Congressman Anthony Weiner
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Former US congressman Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl in a case which may have cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.

The former Democratic congressman from New York had faced up to 27 months in jail after his guilty plea to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.

Prosecutors said he broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl using Skype and Snapchat.

Weiner (53) also faces spending the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.

He cried in court as he read from a written statement saying he has hit "rock bottom". He said he was "a very sick man for a very long time".

His defence lauwer Arlo Devlin-Brown sought probation for Weiner, claiming in court papers that his client was "at the depths of an uncontrolled sickness" during his social media correspondence with the North Carolina teen.

New York politician Anthony Weiner
New York politician Anthony Weiner

"The sentencing should also reflect the specifics of Anthony's sickness, which Anthony has made enormous progress in addressing," Devlin-Brown wrote.

An FBI investigation into Weiner's online relationship with the girl became a factor in the presidential election.

Then-FBI director James Comey announced in late October 2016 that an investigation into emails that had been kept on Mrs Clinton's private server needed to be reopened while the bureau looked at emails found during the Weiner probe.

Although Mr Comey announced two days before the November election that nothing was found in the new search that would result in charges against Mrs Clinton, she has cited it as a reason for her loss to Donald Trump.

Mr Trump, a Republican, became president in January and dismissed Mr Comey in May.

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