Anthony Weiner reports to prison for underage sexting

Disgraced former lawmaker Anthony Weiner begins incarceration today following his conviction this year for sexting with a minor. Weiner will have to serve 21 months and register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
By Kathy Fey | Nov 08, 2017
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner reported to a Massachusetts federal prison Monday to begin a 21-month prison sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.

An FBI spokesman identified the prison as the Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Massachusetts, which holds more than a thousand inmates as well as an additional hundred at a nearby minimum-security satellite facility. This prison also briefly held Dzokhar Tsarnaev, convicted of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Weiner, once a rising star in the Democratic Party, resigned from Congress in 2011 after explicit photos he had texted to several women went public. He attempted a political comeback in 2013 by running for mayor of New York City, but his campaign collapsed after another woman came forward with explicit texts he had sent her after he left Congress.

Weiner continued to sext with other women, including a 15-year-old North Carolina high-school student whom he corresponded with in early 2016. Weiner pleaded guilty in May of this year to underage sexting with her and said that he was aware of her age when he messaged her.

"I accept full responsibility for my conduct," Weiner said in a statement at the time. "I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse. ... I apologize to the teenage girl who I mistreated so badly." He added that he was undergoing therapy.

Weiner's attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, said that his client had likely exchanged thousands of messages with hundreds of women over the years and that he was messaging with as many as 19 other women when he began messaging with the teenager. The presiding judge issued Weiner his 21-month sentence in September and said that Weiner's crime resulted from "a very strong compulsion." Weiner will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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