Anthony Weiner reported to have checked into rehab for sex addiction

NEW YORK — It has been a steep fall for the once rising star of the Democratic Party.

After repeated episodes of sexting scandals, including one with an underage girl, Anthony Weiner is reported to have checked into a rehab center for sex addiction.

The FBI is currently examining hundreds of thousands of e-mail from a computer he shared with his estranged wife Huma Abedin.

The downward slide began five years ago when Weiner stepped down from Congress after lying about engaging in sexually explicit e-mails.

He apologized and rebounded to make a bid for mayor, until he once again got caught sexting.

It's been one episode after another, finally prompting his wife to announce she's leaving him.

Less than a week after the FBI began looking into Weiner's e-mails in its investigation of his sexting with a 15 year old girl, Weiner reportedly checked into an undisclosed sex addiction rehab center. Electronic devices are banned and therapy includes counseling on issues including cybersex.

Certified sex therapist Brad Saltzman told PIX11 News, "There is no magic potion that can make this go away overnight."

He said on average it takes three to five years to overcome such an addiction, and it involves intense counseling.