Prosecutors on Wednesday said former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) deserves about two years in prison for sexting a 15-year-old girl.
“This is not merely a ‘sexting’ case,” prosecutors in New York City wrote. “The defendant did far more than exchange typed words on a lifeless cellphone screen with a faceless stranger.”
“Transmitting obscenity to a minor to induce her to engage in sexually explicit conduct by video chat and photo – is far from mere ‘sexting,’” they added.
“Weiner’s criminal conduct was very serious, and the sentence imposed should reflect that seriousness.”
Some Twitter users on Wednesday reacted to the possible sentence for Weiner, who also unsuccessfully campaigned to become mayor of New York in 2005 and 2013.
In a time of deeply partisan rhetoric, let's pause and acknowledge we can all agree it's good that Anthony Weiner is going to prison.— No Whackadoodlery (@sbaio_blcked_me) September 20, 2017
Do we really want to subject convicts to live with Anthony Weiner? Is there a law against cruelty?— Arnie Garber (@agstiris) September 20, 2017
Weiner, 53, said in a submission last week that he is profoundly sorry for subjecting the North Carolina high school student to what his lawyers called his “deep sickness.”
The former House representative plead guilty in May to sending obscene material to the teenager.
“I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” he said in his admission to the court. “I apologize to everyone I have hurt.”
“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 woman. I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful.”
A Manhattan judge is scheduled to sentence Weiner on Monday for transferring obscene material to a minor.
Weiner agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months as part of his plea bargain in May.
Prosecutors said the sentence should fall within that window, and they noted that Probation Department authorities had recommended a 27-month prison term.
Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after the first of several sexting scandals he was involved in became public.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.