Will Anthony Weiner Be Arrested For Sexting A 15-Year-Old?
Anthony Weiner has been on a low-speed crash course for some time, but the issues seemed to be signs of bad judgement and not criminal, until now. Yesterday, it was revealed that Weiner had been sexting a 15-year-old girl, which is raising the question of whether Anthony Weiner is just a creep or a criminal? Though it is in bad taste to send pictures of yourself naked to other adults, it generally is not a crime. But what about when there are minors involved?
Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, left him after his last appearance in the press, when photos of their son, lying next to his father while he sexted someone else appeared everywhere, according to the Inquisitr. Weiner reportedly was under investigation by Child Protective Services for that misstep, but Weiner’s involvement with a 15-year-old could be the event that finally lands him in legal trouble. At this time, Anthony Weiner’s low point has reached a new level, personally and professionally.
Anthony Weiner has gone from a New York congressman, and then a failed mayoral candidate, to a punch line, but now, Weiner is finding himself in legal trouble, says Rolling Stone. Weiner first hit the press with his proclivity for sexting back in 2011, and he hasn’t seemed to have learned much about the ins and outs of social media.
Reports are stating that Anthony Weiner first started an online relationship with the unnamed 15-year-old last January, when he claims that she initiated contact with him on Twitter. That led to chats on Skype and Confide, where they had live video chats. He reportedly disrobed and encouraged her to do the same, and dress up in her school uniform.
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In last year’s documentary, Weiner, which followed his efforts to become New York’s mayor, more of Anthony’s Weiner’s sexting past was revealed to the horror of his now-estranged wife, Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin. But in the past, all of Anthony Weiner’s partners have been adults (one was a guy, but he thought she was a woman), but what changes now that there is a minor involved?
“I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent. I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt. While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry.”
Anthony Weiner's chats with 15-year-old girl under investigation https://t.co/kcS9KpLnHX
— TIME (@TIME) September 23, 2016
New York defense attorney Daniel Hochheiser doesn’t believe that Weiner will end up behind bars, though it is possible that Anthony Weiner could be charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.
“In terms of criminal liability, his is pretty minor. We have laws against manufacturing, distributing and possessing sexual performances of children. So if you make any recordings, video or otherwise, or had Weiner recorded his Skype back-and-forth with this 15-year-old, he might have [committed] a felony for [possessing] a sexual performance by a child.”
Paul Petrus, another New York attorney, says that, while distasteful, unless there is proof that Weiner met with the girl in person, he won’t be put behind bars.
“Obviously the language is raunchy and the behavior is despicable. But raunchy texts and despicable behavior don’t always rise to levels of crime in New York City.”
But the Huffington Post says that Anthony Weiner is under federal and local investigation, now that it has been discovered that one of his sexting partners was underaged, and that Weiner knew that she was 15 at the time. A spokesman from the NYPD confirmed that Weiner was under investigation, but no additional details were given.
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