August 24th, 2007
05:11 PM ET
12 years ago

Report: No sex charges for disgraced lawmaker

Foley abruptly resigned his seat last Fall.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Rep. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned his seat last fall after it was revealed he sent sexually explicit e-mails to underage House pages, is unlikely to face criminal charges for his behavior, Scripps Howard News Service reports.

The news agency reports federal investigators have been unable to gather enough evidence to prove Foley, 52, intended to "seduce, solicit, lure, entice, or attempt to seduce a child," with his inappropriate contacts.

While there is still a chance new evidence could come to light before the investigation officially wraps up "in the next several days," according to the report. Once the investigation is complete it will bet turned over to Pensacola prosecutors - the location from where Foley sent his inappropriate e-mails.

Foley abruptly resigned from Congress only weeks before the 2006 midterm elections after ABC News reported on a series of inappropriate e-mails and instant messages to teenage House pages.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

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  1. Ted Hughes Alexander City, Alabama

    People there was no crime here. The age of consent in D.C., is 16. The young people involved were all 16 or older. However, he is guilty of poor judgment, without a doubt.

    August 25, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Stephanie

    According to Dateline's narratives of the sentences for some of the potential child molesters from their "To Catch a Predator" series, foreigners from the Middle East get virtually no punishment.

    The Middle Eastern men received one, two and three days in jail while the Americans received over a hundred days in jail. The probation sentences for the Americans were longer than the foreigners.

    I think the message is clear, if you're a regular tax paying American who breaks the law, you go to jail.

    If you are a foreigner, you receive very little if any punishment at all.

    If you are an elected official, well you get away with molestation, creating wars, violating Civil Rights upon an unsuspecting Public, etc...

    August 25, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Washington Dee See

    Oh those Texas republicans bringing up
    ol Barney Frank and Teddy Boy Kennedy.
    I guess 3 wrongs make a right in TX.
    It's truly the lone star state.
    Keep honest Karl Rove safe for us up here in NYC.(laughter).
    What nuts you deserve what you have in the WHITEhouse.
    Obama for Prez in 2008 yes! it's got you scared doesn't it. Poor folks may actually vote this time that did not like Kerry or Bush.

    August 25, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Well Tom at least we agree on that point...this guy is total scum! Oh and about me criticizing democrats...See my comment in the article on top of the ticker about Hillary and her stupid, "naive" inexperienced, comment about republicans and terrorism.

    August 25, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  5. Dr. Alexander N. Asanov, Cary, North Carolina

    Our justice system is severely broken. The ultimate insider of the system, John Molloy, described the degradation of our justice system in his remarkable book "The Fraternity. Judges and Lawyers in Collusion." The degradation went to the stage, where criminals skillfully exploit our justice system to implement their criminal agenda, provided ... that the agenda further enriches the Fraternity. Mark Foley is just one of examples of how "selective" are fellows of the Fraternity, when it comes to wrongdoing of one of its members.

    August 25, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. John, Tacloban, PH


    This is BS his computers belong to the Government and the Taxpayers and are subject to inspection at anytime as per the law. So how can this fool tell the Federal Government and the FDLE and FBI that they can't see his computer? Maybe it's the same as Lunsford the FBI and The FDLE did not want to look at the porn and tell all to the public what they found. I will bet you he has child porn on there and that should be "PROABLE CAUSE" Notwithstanding the fact that they have copies of the Sexual Conversations. Who the hell is running this country? John Walsh and his buddy Foley and Lunsford.

    F. Privacy Expectations

    Employees do not have a right, nor should they have an expectation, of privacy while using any Government office equipment at any time, including accessing the Internet, and using E-mail. To the extent that employees wish that their private activities remain private, they should avoid using an agency or department's office equipment such as their computer, the Internet, or E-mail. By using Government office equipment, employees imply their consent to disclosing the contents of any files or information maintained or passed-through Government office equipment.

    By using this office equipment, consent to monitoring and recording is implied with or without cause, including (but not limited to) accessing the Internet, using E-mail. Any use of Government communications resources is made with the understanding that such use is generally not secure, is not private, and is not anonymous.

    System managers do employ monitoring tools to detect improper use. Electronic communications may be disclosed within an agency or department to employees who have a need to know in the performance of their duties. Agency officials, such as system managers and supervisors, may access any electronic communications.

    G. Sanctions for Misuse

    Unauthorized or improper use of Government office equipment could result in loss of use or limitations on use of equipment, disciplinary or adverse actions criminal penalties and/or employees being held financially liable for the cost of improper use.

    b. Employees are prohibited from using Government office equipment, at any time, for activities that are illegal; e. g., gambling (5 CFR 735.201), or that are inappropriate or offensive to co-workers or the public, such as the use of sexually explicit material or material or remarks that ridicule others on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, sex, disability, age, national origin or sexual orientation.

    August 25, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. John, Tacloban, PH


    Employees who wish for their personal activities to be private should not conduct such activities using Government resources.
    (3) Employees who use Government resources implicitly consent to review and disclosure of their Internet, e-mail, or other information technology uses when deemed appropriate by DOE or as mandated by law.
    (4) The content of any files or information maintained in or on Government equipment or transmitted using Government equipment may be disclosed in response to a valid, authorized subpoena, warrant, court order, Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. Section 552) request, or other direction (e.g., employee’s supervisor, Inspector General investigator, etc.).
    (5) Using Government resources, including Internet access and e-mail, implies consent to monitoring with or without cause. Any use of Government resources is with the understanding that such use is generally not secure, private, or anonymous (18 U.S.C. Section 2511).

    August 25, 2007 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  8. John, Tacloban, PH

    What everyone is missing here is his buddy and friend John Walsh long time friends. Then Foley and Walsh on Youtube Foley saying we keep better track of libary books than we do. See for youself the Interview and how fake it is. Not to mention that this was known about what Foley was doing in 2005 or earlier. Then Walsh whom also knew of it meaning the investigation of Foley has the GALL to stand on our White house lawn beside Foley while the President signs the Adam Walsh Act into law. Which covers even what Foley was doing. Walsh and all are just as guilty.

    August 25, 2007 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. Cliff Dillmann, Marysville, PA

    DUI / Lohan, dogfighting / Nick, murder / Simpson and now soliciting underaged using the power of his office – no problem in America where money and prestige buy immunity and when everyone is watching and immunity won't fly – a reduced sentence, reduced further after the jailing time begins.

    FOX News – why don't you cover this side of the news?

    August 26, 2007 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Three wrongs do not make a right even in Texas. But we do realize that while Republicans are condemned for everything they do, democrats are accepted and keep their positions. They have no integrity. Ted Kennedy is guilty of manslaughter at least and Barney Frank made physical advances to young men. Foley was never in inappropriate physical contact with any of the young men.

    And, no, Obama doesn't scare me at all. There aren't enough voters who are as far left-wing as he is to put him in office.

    August 26, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. David, Salinas, CA

    To Jon from Sacramento, who objects to my criticism of Republican hypocrisy:

    I wasn’t accusing Republicans of “cheerleading for this creep”. My reference was to the regular posters on this blog who post offensive Monica references on every serious story about Senator Clinton (i.e. James of Phoenix, AZ), but are nowhere to be found when one of their own is caught in a personal indiscretion . There’s a difference between honest moral outrage, and using scandal purely for political purposes.

    I was glad to see the post from Tom of Dedham, Mass., who disagrees with me about almost everything, but is a class act. You are too, Jon. Sorry if I’ve offended anyone.

    August 26, 2007 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  12. AnonymousDude, Anytown XX

    See these documents which say otherwise:

    September 16, 2007 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
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