(NEW YORK) ANTHONY WEINER – the disgraced ex U.S Congressman has been sentenced to 21 months hard time in jail.
The Weiner started crying as he was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday for convincing a high school student to undress and touch herself via Skype in 2016.
“This was a serious crime. It’s a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” Manhattan federal judge Denise Cote said as the convicted sext fiend dropped his head into his hand and wept.
After the courtroom cleared, the one-time mayoral hopeful sat crying silently in his chair alongside his tearful mother.
His father and brother also joined him in the courtroom — but the serial sexter’s soon-to-be-ex-wife Huma Abedin was nowhere to be seen.
In addition to his prison stint, Weiner was also sentenced to pay a $10,000 fine for his crimes, participate in the sex offender outpatient treatment program and spend three years on supervised release once his sentence is up.
The feds said Weiner, a former congressman from Brooklyn, began a two-month sexting session with the North Carolina teen shortly after she messaged him on Twitter in January 2016.
He made a tearful last-minute plea for probation so he can continue his treatment, which includes sessions with Sex Addicts Anonymous.
“If I fail, I know what will happen,” Weiner said. “But with God’s grace I will not.”
He argued that his online flirting with the 15-year-old was due to his sick obsession with sexting strangers and addiction — rather than an obsession with underage girls — and claimed he had hit “rock bottom” and is now in recovery.
But prosecutors insisted that he needed to see the inside of a ‘hard’ cell to send a message.
It’s just the latest chapter in the Democratic politician’s very public downfall, which started in 2011 when he was forced to resign from Congress following his first sexting scandal.
His 2013 run for NYC mayor also went up in flames when it emerged that he was still sexting under the alias “Carlos Danger.”
The feds said the latest and most insidious chapter of Weiner’s sexting problem began on the evening of Jan. 23, 2016, when a high school student messaged him on Twitter, prompting a flurry of “provocative” responses from the former public servant, who knew the teen was in high school, court papers show.
“As January turned to February, their intermittent exchanges grew more lascivious,” Manhattan federal prosecutors told the judge in court filings.
By the end of February, Weiner — who by this time knew the girl was only 15 — was video-chatting with her via Skype and using “graphics and obscene language” to ask her to “display her naked body and touch herself,” the feds said.
He also sent her “obscene material” on self-destructing messaging apps like Kik and Confide, including adult porn and a message “describing what he would do to her, if she were 18,” according to court filings.
In September 2016, the girl sold her story to The Daily Mail, and in May, he cried as he pleaded guilty to one count of sending obscene material to a minor.
Huma Abedin who finally filed for divorce on the same day he pleaded guilty.