Prosecutors recommend two-year prison sentence for Weiner

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In his letter to the judge last week, Mr. Weiner said his regret for his crime was "profound", and that he had "endangered the well-being of a 15-year-old girl who reached out to me on the internet".

US prosecutors have sought prison sentence for former US Congressman Anthony Weiner who was found guilty in a federal court for sending obscene messages to a minor, leading to a scandal that played a role in last year's US presidential election.

Legal papers filed ahead of Weiner's sentencing next week say the serial sexter took part in three video chat sessions via Skype during which the girl "made clear that she was not just a minor - she was, in fact, only 15 years old".

On Wednesday, prosecutors acknowledged that his fall from grace was, indeed, sad, but urged the judge to put Weiner behind bars all the same.

And, prosecutors say, "With that depth of awareness".

The prosecutors want to see Weiner in prison.

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The government said Weiner's "widely-reported prior scandals" were not criminal in nature and did not involve minors but should be considered at sentencing because they reveal a familiar pattern.

In September 2016, the girl was paid by the Daily Mail for an interview about her exchanges with Weiner.

"He initially denied his conduct; he suffered personal and professional consequences; he publicly apologized and claimed reform".

"Yet, he has, on multiple occasions, continued to engage in the very conduct he swore off, progressing from that which is self-destructive to that which is also destructive to a teenage girl - a minor the law recognizes as needing protection". They also said the girl admitted to investigators she had been seeking to influence the outcome of the presidential election. The memo also cast doubt on Weiner's current claims of rehabilitation, noting that his "demonstrated history of professed, yet failed, reform make it hard to rely on his present claim of self-awareness and transformation".

"Notwithstanding that he obviously grasped the importance of protecting minors from predatory conduct on the internet", the prosecutors wrote, Mr. Weiner "readily engaged in extensive, inappropriate communications" with the girl. As part of a plea bargain, Weiner agreed not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison.