Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months in Prison for Sexting With a Minor

Former congressman says he was “a very sick man for a very long time”

Anthony Weiner Scandal Sexting Addiction Minor High School Girl

Former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for sexting with a minor, according to the Associated Press.

The 53-year-old pleaded guilty in May to sexting a 15-year-old girl. In court on Monday, he was sentenced. He must surrender to prison officials by Nov. 6.

Weiner cried Monday as he read from a written statement in Manhattan federal court, saying he hit “rock bottom” and that he was “a very sick man for a very long time.”

“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” he added.

The former politician’s troubles began in 2011 when he sent a graphic photo of himself to another woman via his Twitter account. He resigned from his seat after he admitted to sending “messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women” over a period of approximately three years.

In 2013, he attempted to return to politics and was running for the New York City mayoral seat, but was caught up in another sexting scandal. He was accused of sending explicit photos to a woman under the name “Carlos Danger” and was engaging in an online affair.

The photo and alias turned Weiner into a walking punchline for late-night comics.

The scandals continued until Huma Abedin, Weiner’s wife and one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, filed for divorce earlier this year after photos surfaced that indicated he was still engaging in sexting with other women.

He was also investigated by child welfare services after he was caught sending sexually-charged selfies with his young son lying next to him last summer.

The investigation resulted in the FBI reopening the infamous case surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server after authorities found potentially classified emails on a laptop Weiner shared with Abedin. Many Clinton supporters, and Clinton herself, have blamed former FBI Director James Comey reopening the investigation for the loss to Donald Trump.