Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, admitted sexter of children, is back in circulation, having moved out of a halfway house in the Bronx on Tuesday morning.
"It's good to be out," Weiner reportedly said upon his release. He added that he looks forward to living "a life of integrity and service," which ideally won't entail coercing 15-year-olds to touch themselves while he watches on webcam.
In May 2017, Weiner pleaded guilty to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor for striking up a sexually inappropriate text relationship with a teen. In advance of his sentencing, however, federal prosecutors submitted an alarming memo that alleged Weiner's actual crimes significantly surpassed sexting: "With full knowledge that he was communicating with a real 15-year-old girl, the defendant asked her to engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him."
Receiving his 21-month sentence (of which he ended up serving roughly 15 months in the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, before his transfer to the Bronx halfway house in February), Weiner reportedly wept in the courtroom. "The crime I committed was my rock bottom, but I am truly grateful that it began me on my recovery," he said.
Rock bottom really says a lot in Weiner's context, considering he completely tanked his political career with a series of sexting scandals. He resigned from Congress in 2011, after it emerged that he habitually sent racy messages to women online. Two years later, he derailed his own mayoral aspirations with yet more sexts, and under the embarrassing pen name "Carlos Danger" at that. That's all leaving aside the fact that Weiner's lewd internet activity made its way into the FBI's investigation of then-presidential-candidate Hillary Clinton's email practices, resulting in the public reopening of the probe days before the election. At the time, Weiner was married to a top Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, who subsequently filed for divorce. The rest of the country, meanwhile, is still living with the unintended consequences of Weiner's crimes.
In April, a judge decreed Weiner a Level 1 sex offender, the lowest-level designation of all three available in New York. His name will remain on the sex offender list for 20 years.