Former US congressman Anthony Weiner jailed for 21 months

Former US congressman Anthony Weiner jailed for 21 months

Anthony Weiner has been handed a 21 month prison sentence

Monday, September 25, 2017

Former US congressman Anthony Weiner has been handed a 21 month jail sentence for sending explicit messages to a teenager.

Weiner was found guilty of sending obscene material to a minor, taking into account the fact that the girl was 15 at the time of their interaction.

Weiner had pleaded guilty and the maximum sentence for the charge was a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

The victim, who has not been named, said she was disgusted by his behaviour, when talking to Inside Edition.

She also said that she had first got in contact with Weiner through Twitter, by sending him a direct message.

The girl told him she was a fan of his but things went “downhill really fast." One of the messages Weiner sent included a photo of his penis whilst he was near his four-year-old son, according to The Metro.

The pair then also had Skype calls where they would take their clothes off.

At the time Weiner was still living with his wife Huma Abedin, who ended their relationship before these allegations were made public.

Weiner left Congress in 2011 due to a previous sex scandal, which erupted when a graphic image sent from his Twitter account was seen publicly, the BBC said.

At first he denied it had been him who sent the message but eventually admitted it and said he would go to therapy.

More graphic online messages came to light when he ran, unsuccessfully, for the position of New York mayor in 2013.