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Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for 'sexting' a 15-year-old girl


Updated September 25, 2017 10:48 AM EDT

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.

Weiner, 53, must surrender to prison officials by Nov. 6.

Weiner wept with his head in his hands as Judge Denise Cote announced his sentence, and he continued to cry in his seat for several minutes after the hearing ended and Cote left the bench.

He said nothing as he left the courthouse.

Weiner had sought to be spared from prison, tearfully telling Cote he had been "a very sick man for a very long time." He called his crime his "rock bottom."

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is scheduled to be sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to one charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. He faces up to 27 months in prison.

Prosecutors say the 53-year-old violated law when he engaged in illicit contact with a 15-year-old high school student, including asking her to "sexually perform" for him in conversations on Skype and Snapchat. His defense lawyers, however, said in court papers that Weiner is undergoing treatment for his "deep sickness" and is profoundly sorry for subjecting the North Carolina girl to his behavior. Lawyers also portrayed the teen as an instigator, saying that she was attempting to generate material for a book and possibly influence the 2016 presidential election.

Weiner's habit not only destroyed his career in the U.S. House of Representatives, but it also destroyed his campaign for mayor and marriage to Hillary Clinton's former aide, Huma Abedin. Weiner garnered more unwanted attention when former FBI Director James Comey said that the bureau discovered emails on a laptop used by the former public servant in justifying the re-opening of the email probe just days before the election.

Since her failed presidency bid, Clinton attributed her election loss to the timing of Comey's announcement regarding the reopening of the email probe, saying it was "the determining factor."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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