Anthony Weiner Heads to Prison for Sexting With Minor

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November 6, 2017

Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner is scheduled to begin a 21-month prison sentence on Monday after a judge sentenced him in September for sending sexually explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner, who won seven terms as a Democrat from New York, is set to surrender at Devens Federal Medical Center in Massachusetts by 2 p.m, the Associated Press reported.

The facility in Ayer, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Boston, has over 1,000 inmates at the medical center and over 100 more at an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

Weiner was sentenced in September by a judge who said Weiner's crime resulted from a "very strong compulsion." A tearful Weiner said he was undergoing therapy and had been "a very sick man for a very long time."

Amid a sexting controversy involving women, Weiner resigned his House seat in 2011 only to have new allegations doom his 2013 run for mayor.

The FBI last year conducted a criminal probe into Weiner's then-alleged sexting with a high school girl. The investigation became linked to Hillary Clinton's presidential bid when then-FBI Director James Comey announced less than two weeks before the 2016 election that the bureau was reopening its probe into Clinton's private email server.

It was later revealed that federal investigators found emails between Clinton and Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, on his laptop that led them to reopen the email probe.

The FBI announced two days before the election that there was nothing new in the emails, but Clinton and her Democratic allies still argue the damage was already done and that Comey is in part to blame for her loss to President Donald Trump.

Clinton describes in her 2016 election memoir What Happened how Abedin "burst into tears" when she learned the investigation into Weiner caused the email scandal to resurface shortly before Election Day.

Abedin and Weiner are currently going through divorce proceedings.