• Anthony Weiner ends prison sentence, released from halfway house

    By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Former congressman Anthony Weiner is now a free man.

    Weiner, who had been serving a 21-month prison sentence on a conviction of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl, left a Bronx, New York, halfway house Tuesday morning, the Associated Press reported.

    Weiner still has to register as a level-one sex offender for at least the next 20 years.

    The former lawmaker pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a high school student in North Carolina.

    He was sentenced at first to the Federal Medical Center Devens, west of Boston, in November 2017. He transferred to the halfway house in New York in February, the AP reported.

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    Weiner was released early because of good behavior, according to the AP.

    Weiner served 12 years in Congress, but resigned after allegations that he sent a lewd photo of himself to a college student in 2011.

    He then ran for New York City mayor in 2013, winning less than 5% of the vote for the Democratic Party, after he admitted to sending explicit photos to at least one woman after he resigned from Congress, the AP reported.

    FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, former Congressman Anthony Weiner leaves federal court following his sentencing in New York.
    FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2017 file photo, former Congressman Anthony Weiner leaves federal court following his sentencing in New York.
    AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File

    During his sentencing for the case in 2017,  he said he was a “very sick man for a very long time” and claimed a sex addiction, WNBC reported.

    Weiner’s attorney admitted that his client had exchanged thousands of messages with hundreds of women and had been talking with as many 19 woman at the time he was speaking with the teen, the AP reported.

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