(National Sentinel) Sexting Minors: New York prosecutors say that disgraced former Democratic congressmen Anthony Weiner, ex-husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, needs to be sent to prison for about two years over his conviction for sending lewd texts to a 15-year-old girl.
Weiner’s lawyers argued that he shouldn’t serve any time for his conviction, but prosecutors have called his appeal “simply inadequate,” The New York Times reports.
In a sentencing memo, government prosecutors are asking the court to sentence Weiner, 53, to a prison term of 21 to 27 months. Weiner was caught up in the FBI’s [ultimately bogus] criminal investigation last year of Clinton over her improper use of an unsecured private email server over which she and others sent highly classified information.
He was convicted on one count of sending lewd texts to the girl, whom he contacted several times over months in early 2016.
Weiner’s lawyers argued that although his conduct was inexcusable, he had been remorseful and made “remarkable progress” in therapy over the past year, the Times reported.
That didn’t impress prosecutors. The office of Joon H. Kim, the acting United States attorney in Manhattan, wrote in a memorandum to Judge Denise L. Cote that although Mr. Weiner’s “self-destructive path from United States congressman to felon is indisputably sad, his crime is serious and his demonstrated need for deterrence is real.”
“Notwithstanding that he obviously grasped the importance of protecting minors from predatory conduct on the internet,” the prosecutors wrote, Mr. Weiner “readily engaged in extensive, inappropriate communications” with the girl. Weiner’s conduct, the prosecutors noted, “suggests a dangerous level of denial and lack of self-control,” warranting a prison sentence.
The girl, who was not named because she was a minor, told her story to the UK’s Daily Mail for a fee of $30,000. She included pictures of some of the text messages that Weiner sent.
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