He’s served his time. Anthony Weiner was released from a New York City halfway house on Tuesday, May 14. He was serving a 21-month sentence for sexting with a 15-year-old, and had spent about 15 months behind bars for the crime before transferring to the halfway house.
“It’s good to be out,” the disgraced former congressman told CNN. “I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me.”
Weiner, who entered a guilty plea in May 2017 to sending sexually explicit material to a minor, is required to register as a sex offender. According to the Associated Press, the judge in his case designated the 54-year-old as a Level 1 offender, which means he is believed to be at low risk of offending again.
The former rising Democratic star admitted at his sentencing that he’s been a “very sick man for a very long time” and admitted to being addicted to sex.
Prior to this scandal, Weiner was caught sending an explicit photo to a college student in 2011, but claimed at the time that his Twitter account had been hacked. He later admitted that he lied, and had also been having inappropriate online relationships while married to Huma Abedin.
In 2013, he ran for New York City mayor, but it was soon discovered that he had been using the name “Carlos Danger” to send more dirty photos to at least one woman. Abedin filed for divorce in 2017.