Anthony Weiner begins prison sentence for sexting a minor

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) reported to prison Monday morning to begin serving a 21-month sentence for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner will serve his sentence at Federal Medical Center, Devens, a federal prison in Massachusetts. 

The ex-lawmaker pleaded guilty in May to sending a North Carolina high school student explicit messages in early 2016, acknowledging he was aware of the girl’s age when he messaged her.

“I accept full responsibility for my conduct,” Weiner said in a statement. “I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse. ... I apologize to the teenage girl who I mistreated so badly.”

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New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner attends a campaign event in the Rockaways section in the Queens borough of New York July 31, 2013. Weiner, 48, had surged into the lead in polls for the Democratic Party primary before revelations last week that he had sent more sexually explicit messages to at least one woman after he resigned and promised to change his behavior. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 16: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces his resignation June 16, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The resignation comes ten days after the congressman admitted to sending lewd photos of himself on Twitter to multiple women. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 12: A group of Congressman Anthony Weiner's constituents rally for his resignation outside his Kew Gardens office June 12, 2011 in the Queens borough of New York City. Weiner, who has refused to resign, requested a temporary leave of absence from the House of Representatives for professional treatment in the wake of his internet messaging scandal. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Getty Images)
U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) announces that he will resign from the U.S. House of Representatives during a news conference in Brooklyn, New York, June 16, 2011. Weiner resigned on Thursday over a weeks-long Internet sex scandal, succumbing to bipartisan calls for him to step down. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
WASHINGTON - MAY 31: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) speaks to the media regarding a lewd photo tweet May 31, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A close-up photo of underwear of a man was tweeted from Weiner's Twitter account addressed to a college student in Seattle. The photo was deleted soon after and Weiner has claimed his account was hacked. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 31: U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) leaves after he spoke to the media regarding a lewd photo tweet May 31, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A close-up photo of underwear of a man was tweeted from Weiner's Twitter account addressed to a college student in Seattle. The photo was deleted soon after and Weiner has claimed his account was hacked. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Former porn actress Ginger Lee (L) and her attorney Gloria Allred (R) depart a news conference in New York, June 15, 2011. Lee said on Wednesday she had an e-mail relationship with embattled Representative Anthony Weiner and that he urged her to lie about their exchanges in the hope that a scandal surrounding him would die down. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
Sydney Leathers, one of the women at the center of the scandal, spoke exclusively to Inside Edition about growing speculation that Donald Trump is planning to dredge up the sexting scandal all over again because Abedin is often regarded as Clinton's closest confidante. 
Huma Abedin, an aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C), is pictured during a House Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this March 10, 2011 photograph. Abedin, the wife of U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY), ensnared in a sex scandal for sending lewd pictures of himself over the Internet, is pregnant, the New York Times reported on June 8, 2011. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Anthony Weiner, a leading candidate for New York City mayor, pauses while speaking with reporters in Staten Island on a visit to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy on July 26, 2013 in New York City. It was recently revealed that Weiner engaged in lewd online conversations with a woman after he resigned from Congress for similar previous incidents. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A Times Square newstand with local papers displaying headlines July 24, 2013 about the latest sexting scandal involving New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Weiner on Tuesday admitted sending lewd texts and photographs under the moniker 'Carlos Danger' to a young woman after resigning from Congress over a similar scandal. According to news website 'The Dirty,' Weiner, 48, used the name to contact the woman on Facebook and establish an online relationship with her which involved the exchange of intimate photographs. In a statement from his campaign team, Weiner confirmed that the latest allegations were substantially true but tried to present them as having been covered by his previous confession. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
The ABC Good Morning America Times Square Ticker flashes news July 24, 2013 about the latest sexting scandal involving New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Weiner on Tuesday admitted sending lewd texts and photographs under the moniker 'Carlos Danger' to a young woman after resigning from Congress over a similar scandal. According to news website 'The Dirty,' Weiner, 48, used the name to contact the woman on Facebook and establish an online relationship with her which involved the exchange of intimate photographs. In a statement from his campaign team, Weiner confirmed that the latest allegations were substantially true but tried to present them as having been covered by his previous confession. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
A Times Square newstand with local papers displaying headlines July 24, 2013 about the latest sexting scandal involving New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. Weiner on Tuesday admitted sending lewd texts and photographs under the moniker 'Carlos Danger' to a young woman after resigning from Congress over a similar scandal. According to news website 'The Dirty,' Weiner, 48, used the name to contact the woman on Facebook and establish an online relationship with her which involved the exchange of intimate photographs. In a statement from his campaign team, Weiner confirmed that the latest allegations were substantially true but tried to present them as having been covered by his previous confession. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Disgraced former US congressman Anthony Weiner, running for mayor of New York, fields questions at an after-hours event in the Chelsea district of New York city on August 12, 2013, organized by the Buzzfeed.com website. Opinion polls show Weiner lagging in the race for City Hall after he acknowledged that he kept on sending explicit Internet messages to women even after he resigned from Congress in a sexting scandal. AFP PHOTO / Robert MacPherson (Photo credit should read Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO -- New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attend a news conference in New York, July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo
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Weiner’s wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, filed for divorce shortly after Weiner pleaded guilty.

Federal officials began investigating the allegations against Weiner in September 2016. The probe eventually became entwined in the 2016 presidential campaign, as federal agents seized Weiner’s electronics and found emails belonging to Abedin on his devices that were potentially connected to the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Clinton has cited then-FBI Director James Comey’s decision to inform the public of the existence of those emails as part of why she lost the presidential race. 

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Huma Abedin attends 'The Beguiled' screening in New York City, U.S. June 22, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Top aide Huma Abedin (C), and Senior Policy Advisor Jake Sullivan (R) listen to U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (not pictured) at her concession speech to President-elect Donald Trump in New York, U.S.. November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton talks to staff members, including aide Huma Abedin (L), onboard her campaign plane in White Plains, New York, U.S. October 28, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo FROM THE FILES PACKAGE "THE CANDIDATES" - SEARCH CANDIDATES FILES FOR ALL 90 IMAGES
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attend a news conference in New York, U.S. on July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo
Actress Meg Ryan, designer Christian Siriano and Huma Abedin attend the CFDA Fashion Awards in Manhattan, New York, U.S., June 5, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) stands with with aide Huma Abedin after the conclusion of the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate in Kendall, Florida March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, points as Mrs. Clinton waves to attendees at the conclusion of the second official 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her aide Huma Abedin walk away after an off-schedule stop at the "I'll Make Me a World in Iowa Celebration Day" in Des Moines, Iowa January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Huma Abedin, aide to Hillary Clinton, delivers a statement after meeting with the House Select Committee on Benghazi at the U.S. Capitol in Washington October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (R) walks with her traveling chief-of-staff Huma Abedin as they approach a group of police officers after cancelling a rally in Fort Worth, Texas February 22, 2008. A Dallas police officer was killed Friday when his motorcycle struck a pillar as he was escorting democratic presidential candidate Senator Clinton to a rally in Dallas. Clinton cancelled the rally in Forth Worth, saying it would be inappropriate to hold a rally in light of the tragic circumstances. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Cleo Wade, Huma Abedin and Mia Moretti attend Prabal Gurung fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 22: Political staffer Huma Abedin attends 'The Beguiled' New York premiere at The Metrograph on June 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Huma Abedin attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: (L-R) Barkha Dutt, Arianna Huffington, Tina Brown, Huma Abedin attend the Eighth Annual Women In The World Summit at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 16: Huma Abedin, aide to former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, arrives for an unveiling ceremony for the U.S. Postal Service Oscar de la Renta Forever stamp, at Grand Central Terminal, February 16, 2017 in New York City. A black and white stamp with De La Renta's portrait is included in the collection, in addition to ten other stamps featuring details from De La Renta designed dresses and gowns. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Huma Abedin, Priyanka Chopra, Diane Kruger, and Sarah Jessica Parker attend the Prabal Gurung collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on February 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
CHAPPAQUA, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, walks to the motorcade after Hillary voted at Douglas Grafflin Elementary School on November 8, 2016 in Chappaqua, New York. Hillary Clinton cast her ballot in the presidential election as the rest of America goes to the polls to decide between her and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - With New Jersey voters sitting at the counter, senior Hillary Clinton staffer Huma Abedin helps her boss Democratic Candidate for President former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton order during a quick stop at Omar's in Newark, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
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While Weiner’s legal team pressed for a sentence of probation, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote sentenced Weiner to jail time in September. Weiner will also be required to register as a sex offender.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after it was revealed he sent lewd photographs and messages to women, a scandal that came to light after Weiner accidentally posted one of the photographs to his public Twitter feed. 

He attempted to make a political comeback in 2013, when he ran for mayor of New York City. His bid was derailed after a woman came forward with explicit messages she’d exchanged with Weiner after he departed Congress. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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