Anthony Weiner Is Going to Prison
Former New York congressman
"With full knowledge that he was communicating with a real 15-year-old girl, [Weiner] asked her to engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him," Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Kramer
wrote in a memo
sent to federal prosecutors ahead of Weiner's sentencing.
This sentencing marks the end of a years-long run of Weiner engaging in horrifyingly inappropriate behavior, apologizing, and then repeating the cycle. It was the investigation into his most recent sexting scandal that led the FBI to emails between Weiner and Huma Abedin, his soon-to-be ex-wife and former aide to Hillary Clinton during the presidential election. This prompted former FBI director James Comey to
reopen the probe into Clinton's emails
, to which Clinton has
partly attributed her loss
of the 2016 election.
"The crime I committed was my rock bottom," Weiner
during his sentencing on Monday. "But I am truly grateful that it began me on my recovery."
The maximum penalty he faced
was 10 years
He will begin serving his 21-month-prison sentence on November 6
[ Gothamist ]