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Weiner gets 21 months after 'sexting' scandal

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:26

Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner arrives at U.S. Federal Court in New York for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a ''sexting'' scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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=RESENDING WITH UPDATED HEADLINE= ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner arrives at U.S. Federal Court in New York on Monday for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor, ending an investigation into a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election. Last Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors sought a prison sentence of 21 to 27 months for Weiner, who admitted to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl in a "sexting" scandal that played a role in last year's U.S. presidential election. "Weiner, a grown man, a father, and a former lawmaker, willfully and knowingly asked a 15-year-old girl to display her body and engage in sexually explicit conduct for him online," prosecutors said in a filing in Manhattan federal court. "Such conduct warrants a meaningful sentence of incarceration." In a court filing last week, Weiner's lawyers asked that he be sentenced to probation with no prison time, saying he acted out of the "depths of an uncontrolled sickness" for which he was now being treated. Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor. The investigation into Weiner's exchanges with the teenage girl roiled the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in its final days, when authorities found emails on Weiner's laptop from his wife Huma Abedin, an aid to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Abedin has filed for divorce. The discovery of the emails prompted James Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to announce in late October that the agency was reopening its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as U.S. secretary of state.

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Weiner gets 21 months after 'sexting' scandal

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 00:26