Anthony Weiner’s fall from grace is complete. The man who, many saw as the rising star in the US politics, now faces federal jail time. He has pleaded guilty for sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl. The ex husband of Huma Abedien who controlled Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaign, he may spend as much as 27-months behind prison walls.
While admitting his guilt in the court, Anthony Weiner said, “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse…I apologize to everyone I have hurt. I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly.” Reports suggest that prosecutors have made it known that they will demand 27 months in prison for him. The New York City native will also be required to register as a sex offender.
The 52-year old Anthony Weiner graduated from the SUNY Plattsburgh in 1985 with a B.A. in political science. He was a member of the New York City Council from 1992 to 1998, and a congressional aide to U.S. Representative Chuck Schumer from 1985 to 1991. He was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of New York City in the 2005 and 2013 New York City mayoral elections.
Eye-witness claim that Weiner looked inconsolable and even wept while reading the four-paragraph statement where he detailed his years of compulsive sexual behavior, ending with last year’s explicit contact with a North Carolina high schooler. Weiner ran for Congress in 1998 from New York’s 9th congressional district, the seat held by his mentor, Chuck Schumer, who was running for the U.S. Senate. Weiner won the Democratic primary election, tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic district which included parts of southern Brooklyn and south and central Queens.
The former congressman has been under federal investigation for having allegedly exchanged sexuall explicit messages and images with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. Weiner’s gold wedding band remained on his left ring finger as he confessed to years of “destructive impulses (that) brought great devastation to family and friends.” Court documents indicated the deal was finalized on May 10. The charge against him carried a potential 10-year prison term.
While admitting his misdeeds, he told the court, “I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to do with adult women…I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful.”