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Anthony Weiner, ex-congressman jailed for sexting w/ 15-year-old girl, to be released early from pri

• USA Today

NEW YORK – Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman who went to prison in November 2017 after pleading guilty to sexting with a 15-year-old girl, is to be freed about three months early.

Weiner's release date has been brought forward from August 2019 to May 2019, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

"This projected release date includes credit for good conduct time earned and good conduct time that may be earned throughout the remainder of his sentence," the Bureau of Prisons told CNN.

Federal prisoners are not eligible for parole. But they can get as much as 54 days credit annually for good behavior.

The jail time came after Weiner, 54, pleaded guilty in federal court in May 2017 to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. In September of that year he was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

"This crime was my rock bottom," Weiner said in court. "I have no excuse. ... I victimized a young person who deserved better." He also said he was "a very sick man for a very long time."

Weiner was first elected to Congress in 1998 and easily won re-election in his Brooklyn district six more times. His star rose in the Democratic Party in 2010 after a short but dramatic speech before Congress in which he blasted Republicans for voting against a federal aid bill for first-responders to the 9/11 terror attacks.

A year later he was out, resigning his seat after admitting to exchanging "messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women" over a period of about three years.

Weiner attempted a comeback and was running for mayor of New York City in 2013 when it emerged that he was sending explicit photos to a 22-year-old woman under the pseudonym "Carlos Danger."

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