Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 21 to 27 months in jail, arguing Weiner’s pattern of behavior “suggests a dangerous level of denial and lack of self-control warranting a meaningful incarceratory sentence.” Defense attorneys asked that Weiner receive probation.
Weiner will report to a federal prison that has yet to be determined by the Bureau of Prisons on November 6.
He must also participate in an outpatient sexual offender treatment that will be approved by the probation department.
The 15-year-old girl initially contacted Weiner through a direct message on Twitter in January 2016.
At most–when the photos come from complete strangers–it’s a form of digital sexual harassment. Because non-consensual sexting reveals a fundamental disrespect for women as people with thoughts and feelings and schedules that do not always line up with your arousal timetable.
It turns women into blow-up dolls cradling i Phones.
The last three messaging applications delete images and messages after users view them.Weiner asked the teen to “engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him,” prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.Weiner was fully aware of the girl’s age when they were communicating, prosecutors said.In the sentencing hearing, Cote said it was irrelevant that the girl contacted Weiner first. Weiner’s attorneys said his crimes were a “product of sickness” and maintained he wasn’t a sexual predator.“He responded as a weak man, at the bottom of a self-destructive spiral, and with an addict’s self-serving delusion that the communications were all just Internet fantasy,” the defense wrote.