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This is how much jail time Anthony Weiner faces for sexting a minor

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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) faces up 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexting a 15-year-old North Carolina girl. He will be sentenced Sept. 25 in Manhatten. (Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner faces up 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty earlier this year to sexting a minor, according to Bloomberg.

On Wednesday, Weiner's lawyers asked a judge to spare him a prison sentence, arguing that a jail sentence would halt the ongoing therapy the former Democratic lawmaker is undergoing.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek a shorter jail sentence — between 21 and 27 months — however, the deal is not binding on the judge, Bloomberg noted. Weiner must also register as a sex offender and surrender his iPhone.

Asking for leniency

In a letter to the court obtained by the New York Times, Weiner asked Judge Denise Cote to spare him a prison sentence.

My regret for my crime is profound. I have endangered the well-being of a 15-year-old girl who reached out to me on the internet. My continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations of my wife and ruined our marriage. I am so deeply sorry for the harm I have done to her, and I live with the sorrow that I will never be able to fix that. And the one perfect thing in my life — my son — will forever have to answer questions about the public and private failings of his father.

According to the Times, lawyers for Wiener argued the 15-year-old North Carolina victim, referred to as “Jane Doe,” was seeking publicity and to influence the presidential election when she initially contacted Weiner. During a series of conversations, Weiner sent the victim lewd images of himself.

Political fallout

Weiner’s previous sexting scandals led to his resignation from Congress and derailed a New York City mayoral bid. The sexting scandals also had an impact on last year’s presidential election.

During an investigation into the sexting allegations, emails belonging to Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, were found on his laptop. 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. Clinton has repeatedly blamed former FBI Director James Comey for her loss.

Abedin recently filed for divorce from Weiner.

Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25 in Manhatten.

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