Anthony Weiner may face child pornography charges

Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former politician who has been under investigation for the past year after he was discovered to be sending lewd messages to an underage girl, may be hit with child pornography charges.

The New York Post reported on Tuesday that, if Weiner is found guilty of such charges, he could be sent to prison for at least 15 years, with a maximum sentence of 30 years.

The child pornography charges would stem from the allegations that Weiner solicited lewd pictures from the underage girl during the sex scandal that forced him to resign from his House seat and give up his mayoral comeback campaign in 2013. The scandal began in 2011 when he accidentally tweeted a crotch shot that he initially said was the result of a hack of his account, though it was later found to be part of continuing lewd conversations.

Other charges being considered for the disgraced ex-politician include receipt of child pornography, which carries a five-year mandatory minimum, and possession of child pornography, in addition to the charge of production of child pornography being considered for the solicitation of lewd pictures from the underage girl in the first place.