Former Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl via Skype in 2016.
Weiner, 53, appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Monday morning.
Federal prosecutors asked for Weiner to be sentenced to jail for 21 to 27 months for the crime, according to the Associated Press.
“The defendant did far more than exchange typed words on a lifeless cellphone screen with a faceless stranger,” prosecutors wrote to the judge. “Transmitting obscenity to a minor to induce her to engage in sexually explicit conduct by video chat and photo — is far from mere ‘sexting.’”
The maximum sentence is 10 years behind bars.
Weiner’s defense attorney told the judge that his client was “filled with regret,” according to Newsday.
Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, who is a top aide to Hillary Clinton, asked the judge for no jail time. Abedin has filed for divorce from the disgraced politician in May and is seeking full custody of their young son.
The girl involved in the case, who is from North Carolina, has not been identified because she is a minor.
Hillary Clinton blamed her loss in the 2016 presidential race on then-FBI Director James Comey, who reopened the investigation into her private email server just days before the election. FBI agents who were investigating Weiner discovered that many of Clinton’s emails were forwarded to Weiner’s laptop.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after being caught sending lewd photos to several women and then trying to cover it up.
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