Disgraced ex-pol Anthony Weiner should get probation for sexting a 15-year-old because he’s sick but not a sexual predator, his lawyers argued late Wednesday.
Weiner, who on May 19 pleaded guilty to transmitting obscene material to a minor, is set to be sentenced on Sept. 25. Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, filed for divorce the day of his guilty plea.
Under Weiner’s plea deal, prosecutors said a sentence from 21 to 27 months in federal lockup is appropriate. Federal judges don’t have to follow plea deals, however, and the maximum sentence for him could be up to 10 years behind bars.
In his bid for probation, Weiner’s lawyers said his behavior came from an untreated addiction that caused him to compulsively respond to internet messages.
Weiner did not sext the teen because he is sexually interested in teenagers, they contend, pointing out his previous sexting partners were all adults. They also argue Weiner didn’t seek out his victim, let alone other teenagers.
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They said that while Weiner was in the throes of his illness, the teen contacted him to gather material for a book — which, according to the feds, she is now pitching to publishers.
The teen tracked their exchanges from the get-go, “selectively” deciding which exchanges to record and which to delete, they maintain.
The teen — who allegedly sold her story to a tabloid for $ 30,000 in September 2016 — later told federal investigators she had wanted to affect the election, court papers contend.
Weiner’s lawyers emphasized that this isn’t an excuse, but claim it shows his case is unique in comparison to other sexting cases — where an adult, possibly in a position of authority, acted in a predatory fashion.
Weiner copped to sending explicit sexual pics to the North Carolina high school student — and encouraging her to participate in sexual conduct even though she is a minor.
Weiner, who texted the teen under the alias “T-Dog,” is touching his genitals in one photo he sent to the girl.