Anthony D. Weiner, the former New York congressman, walked out of a halfway house on Tuesday morning after his release from federal custody and told reporters, “I hope to be able to live a life of integrity and service.”
It was an optimistic note for a once-brash politician who was a rising Democratic star until multiple sexting scandals ended his political career, strained his marriage and, ultimately, got him sent to federal prison.
Despite his fall from grace, Mr. Weiner sounded hopeful after serving 18 months of a 21-month sentence that he received in 2017 for sending sexually explicit texts to a minor.
“I am glad to be getting back to my family,” Mr. Weiner, 54, said, according to video posted by Fox News. He added, “I’m glad this chapter of my life is behind me.”
Mr. Weiner’s immediate plans were unclear. In an email, he declined to comment further on his future.
Though he has served his court-ordered prison term, the consequences of Mr. Weiner’s lewd messages will continue to hang over him.
As part of his sentence, Mr. Weiner was ordered to register as a sex offender. In April, with his release date approaching, he was designated a Level 1 sex offender by a judge in the Bronx. The classification, the lowest of three levels given to offenders in New York State, marked Mr. Weiner as posing a low risk of repeating his offense.
Under the designation, Mr. Weiner must register as a sex offender for 20 years. He will be required to verify his address every year with a state agency, and he must report every three years to the local police to have his picture taken, according to state regulations.
Like most people convicted of online sex crimes, Mr. Weiner will also likely have his electronic devices and internet use monitored as part of his federal probation, said Elizabeth Jeglic, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.