A federal judge has sentenced disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner to almost 2 years in prison (21 months) for sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old girl last year.
Weiner was aware that his victim was an underage high school student, according to court documents, yet he continued to exchange increasing lewd messages with her.
The case played a role in the 2016 presidential election. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who was a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
Weiner pleaded guilty in New York federal court earlier this year. At the time he said: “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”
In a letter to Judge Denise Cote, Weiner wrote that he was remorseful for his actions and that he had “crushed the aspirations” of his estranged wife Huma Abedin.
“I am so deeply sorry for the harm I have done to her, and I live with the sorrow that I will never be able to fix that,” he wrote, according to The New York Times.
And as he heard sentence, Weiner dropped his head into his hand and wept. Weiner must surrender to prison officials by Nov. 6.”