Anthony D. Weiner a former American politician, as a congressman, he represented New York’s 9th congressional district from January 1999 until June 2011.
He won seven terms as a Democrat, never receiving less than 59% of the vote. Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after the first of several sexting scandals became public. On May 19, 2017, as part of a plea deal, Weiner pled guilty in federal court to transferring obscene material to a minor. On May 27, 2011, Weiner sent a link of a sexually explicit photograph of himself via his public Twitter account to an adult woman who was following him on Twitter.After several days of denying he had posted the image,[ Weiner held a press conference at which he admitted he had “exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the last three years” and apologized for his earlier denials.After an explicit photo was leaked through the Twitter account of a listener of The Opie & Anthony Show, Weiner announced on June 16, 2011, that he would resign from Congress,and he formally did so on June 21. In the special election held on September 13, 2011, to replace him, Republican businessman Bob Turner defeated Democrat David Weprin to fill Weiner’s seat.
Legal papers filed ahead of Weiner’s sentencing next week say the serial sexter took part in three video chat sessions via Skype during which the girl “made clear that she was not just a minor — she was, in fact, only 15 years old.” “That did not stop Weiner,” the feds wrote.
“During the latter two Skype sessions, on February 18 and 23, 2016, and in a Shapchat communication on March 9, the defendant used graphic and obscene language to ask the Minor Victim to display her naked body and touch herself, which she did.”
Weiner, 53, also sent the girl an “obscene message” using an app called Confide, in which he described “what he would do to her, if she were 18,” court papers say. “Part and parcel of these disturbing — and criminal — exchanges, the defendant also sent the Minor Victim adult pornography,” according to the feds.
Weiner, has asked not to serve any prison time for his conviction in a sexting case. But his request for probation was “simply inadequate,” federal prosecutors said on Wednesday, adding that “his crime deserves time in prison.” He and estranged wife Huma Abedin last week asked Manhattan federal Judge Denise Cote to spare him any time in the slammer so he can care for their son, but prosecutors Wednesday said Weiner deserves to get locked up for between 21 and 27 months, a range that Weiner agreed under his plea deal not to appeal.
The government said Weiner’s “widely-reported prior scandals” were not criminal in nature and did not involve minors but should be considered at sentencing because they reveal a familiar pattern.
“He initially denied his conduct; he suffered personal and professional consequences; he publicly apologized and claimed reform. Yet, he has, on multiple occasions, continued to engage in the very conduct he swore off, progressing from that which is self-destructive to that which is also destructive to a teenage girl,” prosecutors said.
They added: “Weiner’s demonstrated history of professed, yet failed, reform make it difficult to rely on his present claim of self-awareness and transformation.
After the 15-year-old came forward about Weiner’s emails, prosecutors began an investigation into his laptop, which led to the discovery of a cache of emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to her aide Huma Abedin, Weiner’s estranged wife. Then-FBI Director James Comey re-opened the investigation in Clinton’s emails, just days before Election Day.