Sext shame USA congressman Anthony Weiner puts blame on his teen victim

Weiner Pleads for Leniency in Sexting Case, Says Actions 'Crushed the Aspirations of My Wife'

Lawyers for former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) argue that the ex-lawmaker deserves probation, citing "remarkable progress" made on the problems leading to his sexual misconduct.

Anthony Weiner, the former congressman and NY mayoral candidate whose career and personal life were wrecked in a series of sexting scandals, blamed a "deep sickness" combined with the "profit-seeking curiosity" of his 15-year-old victim for his legal troubles, as he asked a judge for leniency when he's sentenced later this month.

Weiner pleaded guilty back in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

The high-school girl, referred to only as "Jane Doe", or "JD", contacted Weiner in hopes of selling her story to a publisher and influencing the presidential election, lawyers for Weiner said in a court filing late Wednesday.

After the emails were discovered, the FBI reopened its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state just days before the presidential election.

Earlier Wednesday, Weiner and Abedin appeared before a judge in Manhattan who was hearing their divorce case.

In a separate letter to the judge, Weiner said, "My continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations of my wife and ruined our marriage".

His lawyers have stated Weiner is undergoing treatment for his sex addiction and a series of tests showed he has a "mixed personality disorder" stemming from childhood trauma.

The judge will sentence Weiner on September 25 on one count of transferring obscene material to a minor, which carries a 10-year maximum sentence.

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As Devlin-Brown tells it, the teenager told government investigators that her intention all along was to tip the presidential election in which Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, was a top aide for the Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

It was shortly after that article was published that reports surfaced of a federal investigation into Mr. Weiner's conduct.

"With Anthony", she wrote, "I have repeatedly found myself in circumstances I never imagined".

In his letter, Weiner acknowledged his regret for his "profound" crime.

Abedin emphasizes that she is not seeking compassion for herself or for Weiner, but for their son, whose age still protects him for now from the depths of his parents' scandal.

His son "will forever have to answer questions about the public and private failings of his father", Weiner acknowledged in the letter.

Weiner's previous sexting scandals led to his resignation from Congress and derailed a New York City mayoral bid. However, Weiner's attorneys said that while his behavior was "inexcusable", sending Weiner to prison would hurt his recovery and ruin months of therapy. Clinton, whose book on the campaign, "What Happened", came out this week, attributes some blame to Comey for helping cost her the election to Donald Trump.

The guilty plea marks the final fall from grace of Weiner, who resigned from Congress-after more than a decade serving New York's 9th district-in 2011 after revelations that he had sexted with numerous women.

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