Disgraced ex-US congressman Anthony Weiner is out of prison and has started his pre-release program after his sentence for sexting a 15-year-old girl was cut by three months for good behavior
- Anthony Weiner, 54, admitted sexing a 15-year-old girl from South Carolina
- A judge jailed Weiner for 21 months in November 2017 and fined him $10,000
- He pleaded guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor
- The disgraced politician was also ordered to undergo a sex offender programme
Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, 54, has been transferred from prison in preparation for his release from jail in May. The former politician was jailed in November 2017 after he admitted sexting a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina
Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner has been transferred from Federal prison into a New York half-way house ahead of his release from custody.
Weiner was jailed for 21 months in November 2017 after he pleaded guilty to sexting a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Initially, Weiner had been scheduled for release in August 2019 although now he is expected to be freed on May 14.
Weiner has served his sentence at the Federal Medical Centre in Devens, Massachusetts.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that Weiner will likely remain in a halfway house or home confinement until his release date.
Weiner’s political career was hurt after he was embroiled in a sexting scandal in 2011 when he was forced to resign from Congress.
He tried to run for mayor of New York in 2013, but this attempt failed after he was outed sexting Sydney Leathersunder using the alias ‘Carlos Danger’.
The former Democratic congressman from New York had faced up to 27 months in jail after his guilty plea to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.
Prosecutors said he broke the law by having illicit contact with a 15-year-old girl using Skype and Snapchat.
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Weiner’s sexting habit destroyed his career in congress, his campaign for mayor and his marriage to Huma Abedin, a former aide to Mrs Clinton.
The case also became an issue in the closing days of 2016 presidential election when then-FBI director James Comey cited emails discovered on a laptop used by Weiner to justify reopening the probe into Mrs Clinton’s private computer server.
Weiner, 54, dropped his head into his hand and wept as the sentence was announced by Judge Denise Cote in a New York federal courtroom.
After the hearing ended and Judge Cote left the bench, he sat in his seat for several minutes, continuing to cry.
Weiner was held at the Devens Federal Medical Centra in Devens, Massachusetts, pictured
The sentencing completed the sordid downfall of the New York Democrat.
Admitting ‘I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse’, Weiner pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for illicit contact with a North Carolina teenager.
He sought to be spared from prison, tearfully telling Judge Cote that he had been ‘a very sick man for a very long time’.
Weiner, weeping as he read from a written statement, said he had reached ‘rock bottom’ with his crime.
Prosecutors said he sent the girl porn and got her to take her clothes off and touch herself on Skype.
Weiner was also fined $10,000 dollars. After his sentence is served, he must undergo internet monitoring and must have no contact with his victim.
He was also ordered to enrol in a sex offender treatment programme.
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