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Sexting Sentencing: Fmr. Congressman Weiner Calls Himself A 'Sick Man'

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NEW YORK (CBSMiami) -- It was sentencing day for former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his sexting case.

Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison Monday for sending obscene material to a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner left the federal courthouse in Manhattan without comment about the jail time he is facing for sending sexually explicit material to a minor.

Earlier this year, Weiner pleaded guilty to sending obscene messages to the teen and in court Monday, he called himself a "sick man," but asked to be spared prison time so he could continue treatment.

The 53-year-old cried when he heard his sentence.

The investigation into this case intruded on the 2016 presidential campaign after authorities found emails from Weiner's wife - Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin - on a laptop he used.

The FBI reopened its probe into Clinton's use of a private email server then concluded there was nothing new in the laptop emails.

Abedin filed for divorce after sticking with Weiner through other scandals.

A sexting incident six years ago forced him to resign from Congress.

In 2013, Weiner was trying to make a political comeback in the New York City mayor's race when he was derailed by another sexting scandal.

Weiner's former colleague Tom Duane was in the courtroom on Monday.

"I know Anthony is committed to working hard at his recovery and I know that he will continue to do that," said Duane.

Part of Weiner's plea agreement was that he not to appeal a sentence that was less than 27 months.

Weiner must report to prison by November 6th. He'll have to register as a sex offender when he gets out of prison.


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