Anthony Weiner’s –uh, you know — has gotten the man into three sexting scandals, each progressively destroying his career further. The first destroyed his congressional career, the second his mayoral campaign, and the third inflicted damage on the Hillary Clinton campaign.
While the rest of us place bets on when his fourth sexting scandal will be brought to light, the consequences of the third aren’t completely over yet. According to the Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors are considering bringing child-pornography charges against Weiner, given the sexually explicit chats he had with a 15-year old girl. That would come along with a minimum 15-year prison sentence.
Among one of the sexually explicit messages he sent to the teenager read “I would bust that tight p**** so hard and so often that you would leak and limp for a week.” Trump’s leaked 2005 Access Hollywood comments have been put to shame. Weiner also repeatedly solicited sexually explicit photos from the girl.
According to the WSJ: Prosecutors also are weighing other charges, including receipt of child pornography, for which conviction carries a five-year mandatory minimum, and possession of child pornography, which has no mandatory minimum. Legal experts say receipt and possession encompass virtually the same misconduct, but the two charges are a way to give prosecutors more discretion in their charging decisions.
Prosecutors could decide not to bring any charges.
It isn’t known what images prosecutors have found in the course of the investigation. Federal child pornography laws are broadly written, and lawyers who have defended people charged with child pornography say certain types of images could receive lighter treatment under the law, such as photos of nude minors who aren’t engaging in sexually explicit activity.
In determining child-pornography charges, prosecutors often take into account a range of contextual evidence, including 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.
Mr. Weiner has said he might have been the victim of a hoax. The Daily Mail reported in September that Mr. Weiner had provided the newspaper copies of two emails the teenager sent him that he said “raised questions about her claims.”
This all could’ve been avoided, of course, had this 15-year old girl simply followed the advice of a particular future-president.
Pervert alert. @RepWeiner is back on twitter. All girls under the age of 18, block him immediately.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]