Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is expected to plead guilty to charges that he transferred obscene materials to a teenager. The disgraced politician faces potential jail time for the latest in a long string of sexting scandals that destroyed his once-distinguished career.
The 52-year-old has reportedly accepted a plea agreement, which required him to plead guilty in lower Manhattan’s Federal District Court. Prosecutors have requested a jail term of 21 to 27 months as part of the agreement, with a stipulation that his term be served behind bars.
In other words, if the judge presiding over the case agrees, Anthony Weiner will not get a suspended term or home arrest. Additionally, Weiner must register as a sex offender for breaking a federal crime.
What Did Anthony Weiner Do? A Case Overview
By pleading guilty, Anthony Weiner is acknowledging that he participated in explicit texting exchanges with a 15-year-old girl in early 2016. According to court records, Weiner used the alias “T-Dog” during these exchanges. He’s accused of sending the girl videos containing pornography, along with requests that she get nude and masturbate for him.
When the story first broke, Anthony Weiner attempted to claim that it was nothing more than a hoax. At that point, though, Weiner had already been forced to resign from public office and had become estranged from his wife, Huma Abedin, due to previous sexting scandals.
It’s not surprising that the media and public flocked to the allegations that his improper behavior had continued. As today’s announcement showcases, there appears to have been at least some truth to the original bombshell interview published in September 2016 by the Daily Mail.
It remains to be seen if the text exchanges that were included in that interview are verified, but Weiner did admit to having a flirtatious encounter with the young girl. One of the most disturbing allegations that came out of the text screenshots provided by the 15-year-old is that Anthony Weiner engaged in rape fantasy discussions with a minor.
Is Anthony Weiner a Sex Addict?
Anthony Weiner was once a very popular politician, and he was well-poised to have a long career. However, Weiner has consistently been unable to steer clear of controversy due to multiple sexting allegations. Even worse, he hasn’t been able to successfully defend himself from any of these issues. Instead, he’s repeatedly acknowledged using “bad judgment.” Weiner used the “bad judgment” line again after the world found out about his latest transgression.
Interestingly, the sexting compulsion that Anthony Weiner seems to have appears to be a prime indicator of a possible sex addiction. Symptoms of sex addiction in men include an obsession with sexual thoughts, cybersex, multiple affairs, persistent usage of pornography, exhibitionism, obsessively dating through personal ads, watching others have sex and the inability to control, reduce, or stop associated behaviors.
Would a Diagnosis Change Anything?
Unfortunately for Anthony Weiner, even if he were to be diagnosed today with a sex addiction, the odds are very high that it wouldn’t change the outcome of his case. This is because experts continue to argue about whether or not sex addiction is actually real. It’s also unlikely due to the simple fact that there are resources available to help people with a sex addiction, but Weiner doesn’t appear to have utilized any of them.
What Happens Next?
Anthony Weiner has currently been released on bail. He is due back in court for a sentencing hearing on September 8. At that time, the judge will render his final decision, and Weiner will either be headed to jail or will receive probation instead. Weiner was forced to surrender his iPhone and passport as a condition of his bail, and he is not legally allowed to leave New York.
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