Anthony Weiner gets 21 months in prison in underage sexting case that rocked US presidential race

Former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner exits federal court in Manhattan after pleading guilty in sexting case in May this year. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez / Getty Images)

Former Democratic member of the US Congress Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday for texting explicit messages to an underage girl.

In a case that rocked the 2016 presidential election, Weiner had pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, admitting he exchanged lewd texts with a 15-year-old girl. He started to cry after the sentence was read by Judge Denise Cote in New York City.

In a statement he read in court on Monday, Weiner said he was “a very sick man for a very long time” and called his crime “rock bottom.”

He must surrender to prison officials by November 6, according to the Associated Press.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after posting a sexually explicit photo to Twitter. After first saying he was hacked, he admitted to messaging several women and sharing explicit photos.

In 2013 he attempted a political comeback with a bid to become New York City mayor, but that was derailed after another woman came forward to reveal more explicit messages that Weiner sent after resigning from Congress.

Weiner is married to the longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who filed for divorce earlier this year. The two have a 5-year-old son, Jordan. Abedin was absent from court on Monday.

His communication with the 15-year-old girl led authorities to seize his computer. Days before the presidential election, the FBI director at the time, James Comey, announced he was renewing an investigation into Clinton’s emails based on emails found on Weiner’s computer. Clinton has said she believes the late announcement cost her the presidency.

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