"It raises a lot of questions about whether this is criminal behavior,” Cohen said.
And while the texts show Weiner was aware the girl was a high school student, Cohen said it legally doesn't matter if he knew she was 15 or not.
Police “have discretion about what to do” and “the fact that there is no complaint filed does not prevent the police from investigating.” He added that both the cops and ACS are mandated under state law to investigate "if there is any evidence that a child could be in jeopardy." Harriet Cohen, a seasoned matrimonial lawyer, said high school kids as a group are increasingly "extreme graphic" on the internet, indulging in "risque behavior at younger and younger ages" — and Weiner was "acting in the role of predator" with this stream of texts.
"You take a risk that it's jail bait" at the other end of the text message, she said.
Cohen also said that Weiner texting with the teen even after his latest scandal last month is "very very troublesome for his own child and everybody else's child." She said the matter has moved beyond Weiner, his estranged wife Huma Abedin and the custody of their 4-year-old son.
The sexual stimulation and release obtained through cybersex also contribute importantly to the continued pursuit of the activity, Dr. He wrote: "Intense orgasms from the minimal investment of a few keystrokes are powerfully reinforcing." He added, "Cybersex affords easy, inexpensive access to a myriad of ritualized encounters with idealized partners.
Many cybersex abusers are re-enacting aspects of past losses, conflicts or traumas in order to foster illusions of power and love." Some cybersex addicts develop a conditioned response to the computer and become sexually aroused even before turning it on, Dr. This can exacerbate the problem for people whose jobs involve work on a computer.