NEW YORK - Anthony Weiner is asking a judge not to send him to prison.

Attorneys for the former city Congressman submitted a filing in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday, saying Weiner should be spared from prison because of a "deep sickness."

Weiner pleaded guilty back in May to sexting with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

His lawyers also pinned blame on the girl, who they say told investigators she wanted to influence last year's Presidential election.

A probe into Weiner's messages prompted the FBI to briefly re-open the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.

He also appeared in court yesterday for a divorce hearing with estranged wife Huma Abedin.

In a letter to the judge, Weiner said he regrets his actions.

He was registered as a sex offender earlier this year.

Weiner could be sent to prison for more than two years when he is sentenced on September 25.