Anthony Weiner’s career has finally reached the straw that broke the camel’s back. On 25 September, 2017, it was announced that former Congressman Weiner will face 21 months in federal prison for sending inappropriate photos to a 15-year-old girl, knowing full well that she was under the age of 18.
Weiner has faced a number of sex-related scandals before. In 2011 he resigned from Congress after he accidentally tweeted an inappropriate photo hit. Another instance hit in 2013 while in the mayoral race of New York City. His scandals even affected the 2016 presidential race, as his wife worked for Democratic candidate Clinton.
While the news is just now hitting the press, the actual court case went through in May. On the same day he was found guilty, now ex wife Huma Abedin filed for separation, citing specifically a sexual photo Weiner sent to a woman in which their toddler son could be seen in the corner.
Weiner pleaded guilty and will be on probation for three years after the 21 months are over. He has also said he is going to seek treatment; many believe he is suffering from a sex addiction. Weiner said that since 2011 he has solicited and sent inappropriate photos to at least six different women.
What does this mean? Why is it important?
Weiner was huge in the news around 2011-2012. You couldn’t watch TV without seeing his name somewhere – forget the ironic memes concerning his name. He’s had a few calm years away from the press, enough that most people probably forgot about him entirely, but now he’s facing his biggest scandal yet.
A former Congressman facing federal prison is huge news, no one can deny that. Especially since he has knowingly taken advantage of a 15-year-old girl. Reports say that Weiner not only sent photos, but solicited inappropriate video and communicated with the minor online.
Weiner got lucky – no pun intended – as the maximum sentence he could have faced was 10 years. Twenty-one months and three years probation is definitely far from the worst he could have received. However, it’s pretty much guaranteed that his political career is as good as over.