Just hours after Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison with three years probation for sending sexually explicit messages and photos to a 15-year-old girl, the former New York congressman was seen leaving his apartment building in Manhattan.
Weiner, 53, wore a blue T-shirt and orange Mets baseball cap as he made his way onto the subway after his court hearing, and caused some to wonder why he was not yet behind bars.
Weiner will begin serving time on Nov. 6. He also must register as a sex offender after his prison term is complete and cannot appeal his sentence due to his guilty plea.
Huma Abedin, Weiner’s estranged wife, was photographed Tuesday in Manhattan after dropping the couple’s 5-year-old son Jordan off at school.
The longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, 41, wore a pair of flower-embroidered jeans with a white sleeveless blouse with tie detail. Dark sunglasses covered her eyes.
Weiner’s parents and brother were in the courtroom on Monday, but Abedin was not. However, the pair appeared in divorce court together earlier this month to ask the judge to keep their divorce proceedings private.
The disgraced congressman 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.
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.
This article was originally published on PEOPLE.com
Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison, facing the most severe penalty yet in connection with the sexting scandal that drove the New York Democrat out of Congress, ruined his marriage and became a late issue in the 2016 presidential race.
“This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” Cote said in a statement.
The former lawmaker's sexting habits entered criminal territory with his illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl. Weiner, 53, had pleaded guilty in May to sending sexually explicit texts to the girl across state lines. Weiner agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.
Weiner openly wept in court on Monday as the judge announced the sentence. In addition to the prison term, he was sentenced to three years of supervised release, given a $10,000 fine, and required to forfeit his iPhone. Weiner must surrender on Nov. 6 to a yet-to-be determined prison facility.
ANTHONY WEINER SCANDALS: FROM POLITICS TO SEXTING CASES
“I have compulsively sought attention from women who contacted me on social media, and I engaged with many of them in both sexual and non-sexual conversation,” Weiner said in a prepared statement in May. “These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service.”
Throughout the trial, defense lawyers had portrayed the girl as an aggressor, saying she wanted to generate material for a book and possibly influence the presidential election.
Weiner apologized to his now-estranged wife, longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and his family, after his admission of guilt. Abedin filed for divorce just hours after Weiner pleaded guilty in May.
The FBI began investigating Weiner in September 2016 after the 15-year-old girl in North Carolina told a tabloid news site that she and the former politician had exchanged lewd messages for several months, and accused him of asking her to undress on camera.
This relationship was hardly the first that caused public embarrassment for Weiner and his family. In 2011, Weiner resigned from Congress after an errant tweet exposed his sexting habits. He later ran for New York City mayor, but was unsuccessful.
But the criminal investigation into his relationship with the minor infamously intersected with the 2016 presidential election, when agents acquired Weiner’s electronic devices and uncovered a new batch of emails between Hillary Clinton and Abedin.
The discovery led the FBI to revisit the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while conducting official government business while secretary of state. Clinton has cited this as a factor in her 2016 presidential defeat, and most recently, recalled the series of events in her new book, “What Happened.”
Fox News' Tamara Gitt and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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