Weiner sentenced to 21 months in prison for teen sexting scandal

The seamy saga of serial sexter Anthony Weiner came to a end Monday — with the disgraced pol sobbing over being slapped with 21 months of hard time.

A teary-eyed Weiner, grabbing tissue after tissue, was ordered to federal prison by Judge Denise Cote for sending sick messages to a 15-year-old girl.

As Cote read the terms of Weiner’s sentence — including a Nov. 6 surrender date, three years of supervised release and a $ 10,000 fine — he bowed his head and cried, holding a hand over his eyes.

“I was a very sick man for a very long time,” Weiner said before learning his fate.

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“I was the adult … if I had done the right thing, I would not be standing before you today.”

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A courtroom sketch shows Anthony Weiner sobbing at his sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of sending obscene messages to a minor.

(Jane Rosenberg for New York Daily News)

He was still sporting his wedding band, despite being in the midst of a divorce from Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton.

Abedin, 41, did not appear in Manhattan Federal Court during the latest disgraceful chapter of the erstwhile “Carlos Danger” and “T-Dog.”

“There’s a uniform opinion by those who have examined him that he is an addict. He has a disease that (includes) sexual compulsivity. Some call it a sex addiction.

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“Steps are being taken … to limit his access to social media,” the judge added.

Anthony Weiner arrives at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse on September 25, 2017 in New York. Weiner was due to be sentenced in his child pornography case after pleading guilty in May. (Alec Tabak for New York Daily News)

Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandals

Weiner’s sexting habit became criminal shortly after he began chatting online with a North Carolina high schooler on Jan. 23, 2016.

The teen told Weiner, 53, she was underage, yet the former congressman and City Hall hopeful “participated in increasingly suggestive exchanges,” prosecutors said.

In three video chat sessions, Weiner “used graphic and obscene language to ask the minor victim to display her naked body and touch herself, which she did,” prosecutors wrote.

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Weiner sent the teen pornography and used the alias “T-Dog.”

“Anthony Weiner, a former congressman and candidate for mayor, asked a girl who he knew to be 15 years old to display her naked body and engage in sexually explicit behavior for him online,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said.

“Justice demands that this type of conduct be prosecuted and punished with time in prison.”

Weiner’s stunning personal and political fall from grace — from rising political star to registered sex offender — had reached a new low as the packed courtroom emptied. Weiner remained behind, crying and talking with lawyers.

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Former state Sen. Tom Duane embraced Weiner in the hallway of the courthouse. Weiner’s former political allies, like Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Clintons, were nowhere in sight.

Front page of the NY Daily News for Sept. 26, 2017.

Front page of the NY Daily News for Sept. 26, 2017.

“Obviously, it’s a personal tragedy for himself and his family … but as a father of young girls, what he did is highly, highly disturbing and criminal,” Gov. Cuomo said in Albany. “I believe he should be punished for it.”

Mayor de Blasio said it was time to leave Weiner’s family in peace.

“It’s a human tragedy for his family, for him, and someone who at one point I think had a lot to offer in public service,” de Blasio said.

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Weiner had sought probation. He argued he is sick and needs therapy, not incarceration.

Anthony Weiner is seen after he was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Anthony Weiner is seen after he was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

His sexting habit dates back to at least 2011, when an errant tweet of his bulging underpants destroyed his congressional career. Subsequent sexts introduced Weiner’s online alias “Carlos Danger” and ruined his 2013 campaign for the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Yet the sexting continued. In August 2016, Weiner sent a revolting photo of a bulge in his underwear — with his son next to him. The gross habit even played a key role in the election of President Trump.

Federal investigators examining Weiner’s laptop discovered emails on the computer appearing to pertain to a separate investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.

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Then-FBI Director James Comey announced he was reopening the Clinton inquiry only 11 days before the election — a move Clinton has said was critical to her defeat.

Weiner’s legal team wrote the 15-year-old had received $ 30,000 for an exposé on Weiner’s latest perversion and sought to influence the election. But Cote dismissed that argument.

“She was a minor, she was a victim,” the judge said.

Weiner’s attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, said he was disappointed by the sentence.

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The punishment was “more severe than it had to be given the unusual facts and circumstances of this case,” Devlin-Brown said.

Weiner was forced to admit he’d been sexting with a woman named Sydney Leathers using the alias “Carlos Danger” in 2013.

Weiner was forced to admit he’d been sexting with a woman named Sydney Leathers using the alias “Carlos Danger” in 2013.

(David Wexler/for New York Daily News)

Weiner pleaded guilty on May 19 to transferring obscene material to a minor.

That same day, Abedin filed for divorce.

Abedin and Weiner, who have a 5-year-old son, are still finalizing their divorce.

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Weiner told the judge his son was the “one perfect thing in my life.”

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The teen who exchanged sexually explicit messages with Anthony Weiner appears on television for the first time on Inside Edition on Sept. 8.

(Inside Edition)

“I was teaching him the wrong things … finally I am teaching him the right lessons, accepting responsibility,” Weiner said.

The couple’s next divorce hearing is a phone conference scheduled for Nov. 15.

Weiner will presumably call in from prison.

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