Political sexual misconduct

Anthony Weiner released from prison

Anthony Weiner, a former Democratic congressman
Anthony Weiner. Photo: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Anthony Weiner has been released from prison after serving 15 months of his 21-month sentence for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl, per the New York Post.

Details: The former 7-term New York congressman and unsuccessful New York mayoral candidate is now under supervision at a federal re-entry program — either a halfway house or home supervision — and is set to be released from federal custody on May 14 due to good behavior. Upon his release, Weiner will have to register as a sex offender.

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Former congressman tried to "coerce" relationship with female employee

In this image, former congressman Mel Watt looks down and away from the camera, partially covering his face with one hand.
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A previously unreleased inspector general report obtained by the Washington Post revealed that retired Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.), former director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency under President Obama, abused his position by attempting to "coerce or induce" a relationship with a female employee who was working toward a promotion.

What they're saying: Watt has denied the allegations. Simone Grimes, the former employee named in the investigation, said in an email to the Post that she was satisfied with the results of the report. She filed a federal complaint against Watt last year, alleging that he blocked her from career advancement opportunities after she denied his advances.

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