The sexting saga of former Rep. Anthony Weiner may be headed for a grim turn. A Jan. 31 report revealed federal prosecutors are considering bringing child pornography charges against Weiner.
The charges relate to an online relationship Weiner, 51, had with a then-15-year-old girl.
“I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent,” Weiner wrote in a statement to the Daily Mail, notes New York magazine. “I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.”
In text communication with the girl, Weiner said, “I would bust that tight p**** so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.”
Weiner has been embroiled in scandal since 2011, when extra-marital affairs were revealed through the release of photos the former Democratic politician from New York sent to women, reports The Hill.
In August 2016, Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a chief aide to former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, separated from the one-time New York City mayoral candidate.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in a statement at the time. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
According to Jezebel, “Child pornography is legally defined as ‘any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor,’ and pictures may meet the broad requirements if they are ‘sufficiently sexually suggestive.'”
Charges currently being weighed against Weiner reportedly include receipt of child pornography (which carries a five-year minimum prison sentence), production of child pornography (a 15-year minimum sentence), and possession of child pornography (which has no minimum sentence), notes New York magazine. Furthermore, prosecutors generally consider “whether a person specifically sought out a minor, whether the incident fits a pattern of similar behavior with minors and whether the person knew the individual was a minor.”
Sources: The Hill (2), New York (2), Jezebel / Photo credit: Center For American Progress/Flickr