Anthony Weiner Has Reported to Prison to Begin His Sentence for Sexting a 15-Year-Old Girl
Anthony Weiner reported to Devens Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts to begin his 21-month sentence for sexting a teen girl
Anthony Weiner’s prison time has begun.
The former New York congressman has reported to Devens Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts to begin his 21-month sentence, a spokesperson for the institution confirmed to PEOPLE.
Weiner pleaded guilty in May for repeatedly sexting a 15-year-old girl. In September, Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison with three years probation. He also must register as a sex offender after his prison term is complete and cannot appeal his sentence due to his guilty plea.
Devens is one of only nine federal prisons that offers treatment for sex addiction, which Weiner asked he continue at his sentencing, according to the New York Daily News.
Weiner is now serving in Devens alongside Peter Madoff, the brother of notorious Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, according to the Bureau of Prisons website. The institution also once housed Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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The disgraced congressman, who is divorcing top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, sobbed as Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York handed down the sentence, telling him, “This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment.” He grabbed tissues to wipe away his tears and stood crying after the judge left the courtroom in lower Manhattan.
At the sentencing, prosecutor Amanda Kramer of the U.S. Attorney’s office asked for 21 to 27 months behind bars, noting that on “three occasions in 2016, he asked the 15-year-old to get naked and asked her to perform.”
Prior to his sentencing, Weiner cried while reading a written statement, saying in part, “The crime I committed was my rock bottom … I was a very sick man for a long time.” He also admitted he is “an addict” and attends twice-weekly group therapy, individual therapy, and also helps others.
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Between Feb. 17 and Feb. 23, of last year, Weiner and the teen participated in three video chat sessions on Skype, and “it was then that the minor victim made clear that she was not just a minor — she was in fact, only 15 years old,” prosecutors wrote in court papers. “That did not stop Weiner.”
Prosecutors continued, “During the latter two Skype sessions, on February 18 and 23, 2016, and in a Snapchat communication on March 9, 2016, the defendant used graphic and obscene language to ask the Minor Victim to display her naked body and touch herself, which she did.”
He faced up to 10 years in prison.
Weiner, a Democrat, resigned his congressional seat in June 2011 after his first sexting scandal, and his second sexting scandal in 2013 scuttled his bid for a political comeback as a New York City mayoral candidate.
- with reporting by KATHY EHRICH DOWD