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Anthony Weiner Released from Halfway House; Hopes to Put Sexting Charges “Behind Him”

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Anthony Weiner and ex-wife Huma Abedin at 2016 Met Gala. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Disgraced Democrat Anthony Weiner’s 18-month prison sentence for sexting an underage girl is over.

The former Democratic congressman, whose political career, such as it was, went up in flames as a result of his conviction, told the media gathered outside the Bronx halfway house that had become his home, “I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I am glad to be getting back to my family. I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me.”

In April, “as his sentence neared its end, Mr. Weiner was designated a Level 1 sex offender by a judge in the Bronx,” the New York Times reported. “The designation, one of three given to offenders in New York State, marked Mr. Weiner as posing a low risk of repeating his offense. Under the designation, Mr. Weiner must register as a sex offender for 20 years. He will be required to verify his address every year, and he must report to the police to have a picture taken every three years, according to state regulations.”

Weiner started serving his 21-month prison sentence in November 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina. He was originally scheduled to walk out in August 2019, but due to good behavior his sentence was cut by 12 weeks.

“Weiner resigned from Congress after his sexting scandal in 2011. His NYC mayoral run fell short in 2013 after it was uncovered he was sexting Sydney Leathers under the infamous alias, “Carlos Danger,” reported TMZ. “The convicted sex offender saw his marriage fall apart after his latest sexting scandal. Huma Abedin filed for divorce just hours after Weiner struck a plea deal for sexting the teenage girl.”

Weiner’s life crashed in 2017 after prosecutors say he sent a series of sexually explicit messages to a North Carolina high school student. Weiner pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor, according to nbcphiladelphia.com. “At his sentencing, he said he’d been a “very sick man for a very long time” because of his sex addiction. Weiner’s attorney said the ex-lawmaker likely exchanged thousands of messages with hundreds of women over the years and was communicating with up to 19 women when he encountered the teenager.

Abedin filed for divorce from Weiner in 2017, NBC added. “But the two, who have a young son together, later agreed to discontinue the case in order to negotiate their separation privately.”

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