One top Democrat is scheduled to appear in prison this week for committing a sinister crime.
Anthony Weiner is facing 21 to 27 months in federal prison, according to ABC News. Weiner, 53, is scheduled to turn himself in Monday to begin his sentence. His charges include sending obscene materials to minors. Aside from prison, Weiner is also expected to have three years of supervised release.
The former politician pled guilty to his charges, and will serve his prison time at the Federal Medical Center, Devens. The center is less than 50 miles away from Boston.
Federal Medical Center, Devens is designed to house over 1,100 inmates — all male — who need medical/mental health treatment. Weiner will likely be in the section that is intended to give treatment to sex offenders, though there is no specification on what that “treatment” entails.
Weiner initially tried to claim in court that he does not have an “abnormal sexual interest in teenagers,” after he was caught sexting with a 15-year-old North Carolina high school student. Instead, he claims that he suffers from a “deep sickness,” which may explain the location of his imprisonment.
Everyone involved with handling this crime, including Judge Denise Cote, sees Weiner’s actions as serious. Judge Cote stated: “This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment.”
Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon H. Kim explained the situation as follows: “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. Justice demands that this type of conduct be prosecuted and punished with time in prison.”
The Attorney did confirm that Weiner’s punishment was “appropriate” for his crime. Aside from jail time, there have been other instances of fallout in his life.
After being disgraced away from Congress, Weiner tried to run for mayor of New York, which ended in him only getting 34,192 votes compared to the 282,344 received by Bill de Blasio. Many speculated that the results were due to the sexting scandal.
Upon indictment, Weiner’s wife, and Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin, filed for a divorce. It would appear that this scandal cost him much more than just the two-plus years he is facing in prison starting on Monday.
Weiner likely only received two years because he was willing to work with the prosecutors when the crime came to the forefront. He turned over his iPhone and accepted a plea agreement. These actions do not excuse the offense of sexting with a young girl. Had he not complied his sentence would likely be worse.
Anthony Weiner is facing justice — are you glad?
Weiner’s attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, explained this piece of information while awaiting sentencing. “As reflected in the plea agreement, the resolution on terms far less severe than could have been sought reflect ‘the specific circumstances of the offense conduct in this case,’ which did not feature aggravating factors often present in cases of this kind,” Weiner’s attorney stated.
Time will only tell what happens to Mr. Weiner, however, it’s clear that he’s run out of time, and must face justice for his crimes immediately.