Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who went to prison last year after admitting to sexting with a minor, will be released from federal detention in Massachusetts next May.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who went to prison last year after admitting to sexting with a minor, will be released from federal detention next May because of “good conduct,” Politico reports. Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for sending sexually explicit material to a teenage girl. He was set to be released in August 2019. Currently at the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Ma., Weiner is now set to be released May 14. Before his sexual abuse scandal roiled New York and national politics, Weiner was a popular Democrat, winning several terms in the U.S. House of Representatives by wide margins. When Weiner was outed for sending an explicit image to an adult via his Twitter in 2011, the congressman resigned in shame.
Weiner announced a brief and unsuccessful 2013 bid for mayor of New York City, which came to a halt when he was again revealed to be sending sexually explicit photographs under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.” In 2016, the Daily Mail reported that Weiner had been sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl, prompting a criminal investigation and the seizing of his laptop. After he pleaded guilty in May 2017, his wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, sued for divorce. Despite Weiner’s emotional pleas for probation, he was sentenced to federal prison, which does not allow parole. Federal prisoners can get up to 54 days per year off of their sentences for good behavior.