Prosecutors in the Anthony Weiner sex abuse case are asking a federal judge to send the disgraced former congressman to prison for between 21 and 27 months.
In a sentencing request filed in federal court in New York City on Wednesday, acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim rebutted Weiner’s recent request to avoid jail time, calling the proposal “inadequate.”
“His crime deserves time in prison,” stated Kim, who also commented on Weiner’s “self-destructive path from United States Congressman to felon.”
Weiner, who will be sentenced on Sept. 25, pleaded guilty in May to transferring obscene material to a minor. Beginning on Jan. 23, 2016, Weiner began exchanging explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl who lived in North Carolina.
According to Kim’s latest filing, Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, sent the girl a Snapchat communication on March 9, 2016 in which he “used graphic and obscene language to ask the Minor Victim to display her naked body and touch herself.”
Weiner, who resigned from Congress in 2011 during another sex scandal, also sent the girl pornography. Prosecutors said he knew during the exchanges that the girl was a high school student.
Weiner’s crime has a maximum sentence of 10 years.