Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner is set to begin a 21-month sentence on Monday for sexting a 15-year-old girl, Newsweek reports. Weiner had sent vulgar messages to the high school sophomore student, encouraging the underage girl to strip for him and touch herself, via Skype.
Federal prosecutors had previously argued the former congressman should face between 21 and 27 months behind bars for the crime; with Weiner set to begin his sentence at the Federal Medical Center Devens next week, The New York Daily News reported.
“This is not merely a ‘sexting’ case. The defendant did far more than exchange typed words on a lifeless cell phone screen with a faceless stranger,” the prosecutors argued in court papers, although they admitted Weiner never attempted to meet up with the girl in person and did not have any child pornography on any of his electronic devices.
The facility in Ayer, about 40 miles west of Boston, has over 1,000 inmates at the medical center and over 100 more at an adjacent minimum security satellite camp, Fox News writes. Following his release from prison, the former congressman will be subject to online supervision, he will pay $10,000 fine and will take part in a treatment program.
Weiner’s sex addiction came to light in 2015 after a picture surfaced that he sent of himself in his underwear with his son sleeping next to him, Fox News adds.