Former congressman Anthony Weiner appears intent on showing that he is without a single redeeming quality. Long a favorite of liberals for his acerbic attacks on the right, Weiner lied when he was first accused of sending naked unsolicited pictures to women. He attacked the media and denied everything until the proof became insurmountable. He then professed shame, resigned from Congress, and promised to reform. Later he ran an embarrassing mayoral campaign, though not without liberal supporters who continued to defend him. He was then outed again as “Carlos Danger,” this assumed name in sending new texts. He again faded away with promises of reform. Friends gave him jobs as a political commentator and even a public relations expert. He was then shown to be again sexting this year, including pictures showing his infant son. After his wife (Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin) left him, it has now been revealed that Weiner has been sexting a 15-year-old girl and allegedly knew that she was a minor. In the most recent scandal, Carlos Danger has emerged as “T Dog.” On this occasion, however, Weiner could have crossed the line into criminal misconduct.
The girl was a high school sophomore and began her communications with Weiner last January. Once again, Weiner is denying the story, though not necessarily denying that he did text the girl. Instead, he is quoted as saying that he had “likely been the subject of a hoax.” Given his earlier lies and attacks on the media and others, Weiner should not be surprised by the general lack of credibility cited by observers. Yet, Weiner apparently insists that he was set up — the very same claim that he made when he was a member of Congress and first caught in his sexting fetish.
Screenshots reportedly show the girl discussing her high school and Weiner asking about the school under the alias “T Dog.” This included Weiner allegedly talking to the girl about masturbating with him and his rape fantasies.
If Weiner knew the girl was 15 and sent any sexual or nude images, he could be changed. Indeed, the state consent age is 17. Here is the law for the highest level of offense:
S 235.22 Disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree.
A person is guilty of disseminating indecent material to minors in the
first degree when:
1. knowing the character and content of the communication which, in whole or in part, depicts or describes, either in words or images actual or simulated nudity, sexual conduct or sado-masochistic abuse, and which is harmful to minors, he intentionally uses any computer communication system allowing the input, output, examination or transfer, of computer data or computer programs from one computer to another, to initiate or engage in such communication with a person who is a minor; and
2. by means of such communication he importunes, invites or induces a minor to engage in sexual intercourse, oral sexual conduct or anal sexual conduct, or sexual contact with him, or to engage in a sexual performance, obscene sexual performance, or sexual conduct for his
Disseminating indecent material to minors in the first degree is a
class D felony.
Carlos Danger or T Dog may find that his political problems have become criminal matters if these allegations are true.