Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner could get up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old girl. The U.S. attorney is asking that the judge impose a sentence of 21 to 25 months as part of the plea agreement that led to Weiner’s guilty plea Friday.
Weiner, 52, has been embroiled in a series of sexting scandals since 2011 that ended his political career and tarnished others associated with him, including wife Huma Abedin, a top aide to Hillary Clinton.
“This deserves at least a short stint behind bars for his ongoing behavior with minors online,” Nancy Grace said on this “Crime Stories” episode. “It’s not okay and it needs jail time.”
Weiner, who has agreed to surrender his iPhone, must also register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life under the plea deal.
But are his repeated online sex infractions — including his infamous underwear tweet — just symptoms of a sickness that should be treated, not punished? “I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse,” Weiner told the judge as he entered his plea Friday in U.S. District court in Manhattan.
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