Former US congressman Anthony Weiner jailed for 21 months

Image Then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her senior aide Huma Abedin order coffee at Urban Standard cafe in Birmingham Alabama Feb. 27 2016

Image Then Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her senior aide Huma Abedin order coffee at Urban Standard cafe in Birmingham Alabama Feb. 27 2016

In spite of the right course of action by the Department of Justice in this particular case, there are two pending cases, in Florida and New York, where a close friend and donor of the Clinton's and Weiner's, and registered level 3 New York City sex offender, far more risky and influential than Mr. Weiner, remains free and without any online supervision. Prosecutors said he sent a 15-year-old girl porn and got her to take her clothes off and touch herself on Skype.

In a letter to Judge Denise Cote, Weiner wrote that he was remorseful for his actions and that he had "crushed the aspirations" of his estranged wife Huma Abedin.

Cote said Weiner had shown "no evidence of deviant interest in teenagers or minors" before she announced the sentence.

Abedin, a top aide to former presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, filed for divorce after his guilty plea.

It was then that then-FBI director James Coney re-opened the probe of Mrs Clinton's use of a private computer server, but later confirmed that there was nothing new in the emails.

In addition to jail time, Weiner was sentenced to three years of supervised release, according to a statement from the US Attorney's Office.

"Justice demands that this type of conduct be prosecuted and punished with time in prison", USA attorney Joon Kim said in a statement.

Before the sentence was pronounced, Weiner tried to make a case that he had accepted responsibility for his crime, and that he was a changed man. Weiner initially refused to admit that it was him in the photograph, before ultimately admitting ownership of the picture during a press conference in NY. However, the judge made no mention of the fallout while handing out the sentence, and for maybe 21 months (good behavior will likely whittle down actual time served), teens everywhere are safe from Weiner's sexting habit.

Weiner resigned from Congress after that episode. The former congressman continued to cry.

He and Mrs Abedin are now going through divorce proceedings.

Weiner said in a submission last week that he's undergoing treatment and is profoundly sorry for subjecting the North Carolina high school student to what his lawyers called his "deep sickness".

In 2013, he attempted to return to politics and was running for the New York City mayoral seat, but was caught up in another sexting scandal.

One month prior, the New York Post had published lewd photos Weiner sent to an unnamed woman back in July 2015, including one wherein the former politician sent an inappropriate photo of himself while their four-year-old son slept in the bed next to him.

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