Anthony Weiner, former congressman and husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide, broke into tears today as he sat in federal court and listened to Judge Denise Cote pronounce his sentence.
“This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment,” she stated as she told Weiner that he would spend 21 months in prison.
Amanda Kramer, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, made the case for this amount of jail time. She stated that Weiner, “’asked a real 15-year-old to show him her naked body and perform sexually.” She also said that although the teenager initiated contact, “her conduct doesn’t undermine his crime,” and that “What is required to pierce his denial and break the tragic cycle is a meaningful term of imprisonment.”
In addition to the prison time, which Weiner had agreed not to appeal as long as it was less than 27 months, he will be given three years of supervised release. He has been fined $10,000 and will be required to surrender his iPhone. He will have to register as a sex offender when he is released and will be subjected to internet monitoring. He is prohibited from having contact with his victim. Additionally, he must enroll in a sex-offender treatment program.
The trial consisted of allegations by Weiner’s attorneys that the victim was the aggressor. They contended that she wanted material for a book and incredibly, wanted to influence the 2016 election. That doesn’t explain the pictures he sent her or the wildly inappropriate messages he sent.
Weiner repeatedly said that he has a disease and that he is an addict. During the time he was texting the 15-year-old, he was allegedly speaking with 19 other women at the same time. This was after he was publically humiliated in 2011 after all of his “sexting” were exposed. Clearly, the judge believed that jail time would be the correct punishment for this sick man.