A federal judge has sentenced perennially beleaguered former politician Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for his explicit interactions with a 15-year-old girl.
In May of 2017, Weiner pleaded guilty to having had “obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct.” Although Weiner asked for leniency in his sentencing and noted that he had been undergoing therapy, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote said she felt it was necessary to “make a statement that can protect other minors,” according to The Associated Press.
It was the final blow for Weiner, who has repeatedly self-sabotaged with his seemingly compulsive need to have obscene contact with women online. In 2011, when Weiner was a Democratic Congressman for a district in New York City, he accidentally tweeted a lewd image that he intended to send to a woman. (At the time, Weiner was married to Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin; the couple is now divorcing.) He subsequently resigned from Congress after a full-scale scandal ensued.
In 2013, Weiner announced that he was running for Mayor of New York City. His campaign was derailed when screenshots of Weiner’s sexual conversations with yet another woman surfaced online.
Weiner’s most recent scandal may have played a significant role in Clinton’s losing the 2016 presidential election. FBI agents investigating his interactions with the teenager found emails between Clinton and Abedin on Weiner’s computer, prompting FBI director James Comey to announce that he was re-launching an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server.
The FBI ultimately declared that it had uncovered no new information, but Clinton has said that she “would have won” had it not been for the investigation.
Weiner is required to report to prison by November 6.
Read more at The Associated Press.