Yes, today Federal District of Manhattan Judge Denise Cote sentenced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison. Weiner plead guilty to exchanging lewd material with a minor last May.
Weiner had asked for probation claiming that his obsession lay with exchanging lewd material with strangers, not an interest in underage girls. (Weiner cried when the verdict was announced.)
The prosecution called probation “inadequate” and asked for two years in prison (he faced up to 10 years for his guilty plea).
The result of an F.B.I. investigation into the already-resigned congressman uncovered sexually explicit text messages with a then 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, who had reached out to Weiner via Twitter in January 2016.
A previous scandal forced him to resign from congress in 2011, while even MORE sexting blew up a mayoral campaign in New York. The latter was captured in the 2016 documentary, Weiner.
Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, are also going through a divorce, which Weiner attributed to his obsession. In a letter to the judge, which The New York Times has published in full, he expressed his remorse and noted that his
“continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations”
of his wife. She worked as the vice chair of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and has been a close associate of the former secretary of state for years. (Photo, YouTube; via Vanity Fair)