Anthony Weiner will go to jail for 21 months following his latest sexting scandal.
The judge gave the sentence to the former Democrat New York congressman after he pleaded guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. Prosecutors also said he broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old using Skype and Snapchat.
Weiner and his lawyers have worked and tried to appeal for a lower sentence, preferring to get only probation instead of hard jail time. His lawyers argued hard that Weiner was “sick” and “in need of therapy”, not incarceration.
Weiner said in May after he pleaded guilty to the charge of sending obscene material to a minor as he confessed: “ I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”
The prison sentence now marks a new low in Weiner’s scandal-ridden personal and political career, and his stunning fall from grace. He has not only lost his career, but his wife, former top Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, as well who sought divorce after his latest sexting scandal erupted. Abedin filed for divorce on the same day Weiner pleaded guilty in May.
During the past recent court hearings, though, the former partners tried to put up a united front arriving and leaving the court together. The two parties said they’re doing so for the sake of their child.