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Former Rep. Anthony Weiner Completes Prison Sentence for Obscene Online Contact With a Minor

Anthony Weiner was once considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. After the completion of his 21-month prison sentence on Tuesday, the former congressman now wants to live a life of “integrity.”

Weiner, now 54, was released on Tuesday from a New York halfway house, where he had been since February to finish out his sentence for illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner said he hoped his past is now behind him.

“It’s good to be out,” Weiner said according to the New York Post. “I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service. I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me.”

Weiner pleaded guilty in 2017 to sending obscene photos, or sexting, to a North Carolina high school student. He served a lengthy portion of his sentence at a prison in Massachusetts before getting transferred to the Creston Avenue home in the Bronx for his final three months.

In April, he registered as a sex offender, and he’s classified as a Level I offender, which by New York law is the lowest-risk offender.

Weiner told the Post he’s hoping to land a book deal.

For those not willing to wait on a book, here’s a brief look at the rise and fall of Weiner’s career.

He became New York City’s youngest city council member in history when he won the seat in 1991, at age 27. Weiner won a race in 1998 for the congressional seat in Washington, and he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1999 until June of 2011, when he resigned after explicit photos of him emerged that were allegedly sexted to a woman.

In 2013, Weiner was involved in another sexting scandal during his third-consecutive bid for mayor of New York, all of which were unsuccessful.

Weiner was engaged to Huma Abedin in 2009, and they wed in the summer of 2010. Abedin had been a longtime personal aide and associate of Hillary Clinton’s. Bill Clinton officiated the Abedin-Weiner wedding. Weiner and Abedin have since privately divorced after a separation that became headlines in 2016, during Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.

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