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Anthony Weiner Starts Prison Stint for Teen Sexting Conviction

Anthony Weiner was sentenced in September by a judge who said Weiner's crime of illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl resulted from a "very strong compulsion"

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    Anthony Weiner Gets 21 Months for Sexting Teen

    A tearful Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, a sentence prosecutors had sought to end the "tragic cycle" of sexting that not only destroyed his congressional career, but doomed his mayoral aspirations and his marriage. Andrew Siff reports.

    (Published Monday, Sept. 25, 2017)

    Disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner reported to prison Monday to begin a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old girl.

    Weiner -- who resigned from Congress in 2011 and saw a 2013 mayoral run doomed after admitting to sending sexually explicit messages and photos to several women -- is being held at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said.

    The facility in Ayer, about 40 miles west of Boston, has over 1,000 inmates at the medical center and over 100 more at an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

    Weiner was sentenced in September by a judge who said the crime resulted from a "very strong compulsion." At the time, a tearful Weiner said he was undergoing therapy and had been "a very sick man for a very long time."

    Last year, a criminal probe into his sexting with a high school student intruded into Democrat Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House. Then-FBI Director James Comey announced in late October 2016 that he was reopening the probe of Clinton's use of a private computer server after emails between Clinton and Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin -- one of Clinton's closest aides -- were found on Weiner's computer.

    Two days before Election Day, the FBI declared there was nothing new in the emails. But in a recent interview, Clinton called Comey's intervention "the determining factor" in her defeat.

    Abedin and Weiner are in divorce proceedings.

    At sentencing in Manhattan federal court, Weiner attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said his client 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.

    Devlin-Brown declined to comment on Monday.