NEW YORK — Former Congressman Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday morning to 21 months behind bars for sexting with an underage girl.
The disgraced politician pleaded guilty back in May to sending inappropriate messages to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.
Prosecutors wanted him to spend up to 27 months behind bars.
During the sentencing, U.S. District Judge Denise L. Cote told a tearful Weiner, “This is a serious crime that deserves serious punishment.”
Weiner’s defense team said the 53-year-old has a “deep sickness” and that he should avoid jail time.
His lawyers blamed the girl for wanting to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin was a close aide the Hillary Clinton during her campaign.
The investigation into Weiner eventually led the FBI to reopen its investigation into Clinton’s private email server.
Weiner also had to register as a sex offender earlier this year.
In a statement, acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in part, “Justice demands that this type of conduct be prosecuted and punished with time in prison. Today, Anthony Weiner received a just sentence that was appropriate for his crime.”