August 24th, 2007
05:11 PM ET
11 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. Pat Battle Ground WA

    Hey slickwilly- – Monica was not a child– -Remeber this famous quote"When Clinton lied nobody died" Now go have another cup of the Kool-Aid that shrubs selling.

    August 24, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Kevin, NYC

    Where's Chris Hansen when you need him?

    August 24, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Moe, Liverpool NY

    Justice does not really exist, as it does not apply to all americans. I am getting sick and tired of these politicans/celebs getting off with the most, a slap on the hand. Tired of the "who's your buddy, who's your pal" approach to justice. If justice does not apply to all americans...from the government on down the food chain, so to speak, then it should not apply to anyone at all! That senario scares me, but we cannot call it justice in this country if it does not apply to ALL...regardless of some individuals who think they are above the law of the land and are proving it by getting away with their crimes. Hey, the buck has to stop somewhere!

    August 24, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  4. Josh, Arizona

    This is some country we live in today. Each week we can watch Stone Phillips interview and arrest people for trying to have sex with children but when our own government does it nothing happens. America YOU MAKE ME SICK!!!!!

    August 24, 2007 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Jeff, Broomfield, CO

    Well, I for one am shocked, SHOCKED I TELL YOU, that a member of congress has gotten away with something that any normal person would have gone to jail for. Can we please stop electing these idiots?

    August 24, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. pl, at the UN, for a while.

    I am not American. But I too want to take a shot at this one.

    Mr Foley was engaging in the timeless pursuit of beauty–which usually comes with youth. His only drawback was, and remains, that he is not interested to look for it in the opposite sex–and possibily in a suitable age group. Sooo??!!??, he just never grew up. Ohiii......

    August 24, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Anna, Woodbridge, VA

    No matter how you paint it, this creep was attempting to seduce a child and if federal investigators have not been able to find evidence it's because they aren't looking.
    The silence from the rest of Congress is deafening. Don't they realize that when someone fouls the water they're standing in, they get dirty, too?

    August 24, 2007 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    David ~ Salinas,

    You wrote, "Republican hypocrisy on this issue is sickening. "

    – – – – – – –

    Can you point to those Republicans that are cheerleading for this creep? What hypocrisy are you speaking?

    He was run out of town. Federal investigaters had gathered evidence and is turning it over to the local DA in Florida for prosecution.

    CNN is reporting this guy isn't going to be charged.

    Again – point to the Republicans that are attempting to protect or cheerlead for this guy?

    August 24, 2007 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Eric Virginia Beach Va

    Where is the accountability? Why aren't his computers subject to examination? This smells like a coverup
    of the usual administration variety we've become numb to over the Bush/Cheney years.

    I am willing to forgive him his weakness. However, we need to have our Congress and Executive branches "walk the walk".

    August 24, 2007 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. scott south point ohio

    This is a total disgrace and a slap in the common persons face. Politicians sit back and laugh at us (stupid, uneducated americans) and do as they please. They get out of some of the most disgraceful crimes ever and if this was one of us we would fry. It is time for this country to be brought to its knees and punished for the acts committed by our own government. We cannot go on letting these acts take place. One day (hopefully before its too late) america will wake up and see that our government has deficated on everything this country is suppose to stand for and we sit back and let them.

    August 24, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  11. Brad, Columbia, SC

    David from Salinas, you're absolutely 100% right.

    Recently I read a story about (another) Florida lawmaker who wanted to stiffen the penalty for acts of "public lewdness" such as soliciting sex in public restrooms. That man, Republican state Rep. Bob Allen, was last month arrested by an undercover officer - in a public men's restroom - on charges of soliciting prostitution. Such delicious irony.

    Oh, and Allen later claimed he was just playing along because he was intimidated by the officer, "a pretty stocky black guy," in Allen's words. Allen has defiantly refused to step down or accept any responsibility in the matter. Typical.

    Sometimes it's a perfectly legitimate question to wonder why certain people take such fervent stands on some of these "moral" issues. Trying to clear their consciences, I suppose.

    August 24, 2007 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Ryan, Provo,UT

    I love how when legal stories come up everyone is so confident that someone is "obviously" guilty or innocent and there's some blatant miscarriage of justice going on. All we know about the Foley incident is the few snippets of chat we were fed by the media. He's certainly a slimeball but if the feds say there's not evidence he crossed the line of committing any crime then I'm inclined to believe them. The pages who were the targets of his chats and e-mails have always maintained that he was creepy and weird but that they didn't think he should go to prison.

    I also love how so many people are somehow twisting this to be Bush's fault with comments like, "I guess there's no justice under a bush presidency." Please! I'm a liberal and I think Bush has been a terrible president, but he's not some boogeyman behind every bad thing that occurs in the world. Blind partisanship is bad no matter which side of the aisle it's coming from.

    August 24, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. RA The Framing Wizard

    I say impeachment for congress and justice for all the US citizens. Let the US repeat ourselves. Calling for President Gorge W. Bush’s impeachment for starters, prior to his ending term as President will prevent his administration in starting some new upset with countries like Pakistan or Iran and their governments. So that GWB is not leaving the US with another mess too delete, cover up and/or for others to clean up after he is gone. If there will be anything left to clean up! Go though his life now and pay no mind too executive privileges! Bush should be sitting along side with his buddy “Dickey Boy”; all our members of Congress and the terrorist thugs should be rounded up; all placed in Guantanamo bay prison liken to a piffling heard of swindlers they are.

    Never have I witnessed in the history of America have our legislators been more out of touch with what is important to American citizens’. Never in the history of this country have our lawmakers so brazenly and deliberately set out to pass legislation that is destined to cause harm to US American citizens. Never in the history of the United States of American has our citizenry been more disappointed with the people they have voted for and sent to Washington D.C. "The grim truth is that the political leadership of the country, especially in Washington D.C., is absolutely dysfunctional in grappling with any issues..."

    August 24, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. M. Kinsey, Placentia, California

    He's a disgrace. What has happened to our society? This is unacceptable under any circumstances, Republican or Democrat. Our children need to be protected from this sick behavior!

    August 24, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  15. AmyVVV, Portland, Oregon

    Of course they can't file charges, because the White House won't release his computer to the investigation. This is sickening. And that fact that it is only reported at the end of the day West Coast time on a Friday is just as despicable.

    August 24, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Ann Memphis, TN

    Looking at him just creeps me out. Disgusting.

    August 24, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  17. Eddie

    I PERSONALLY think what he did was wrong. But please, everyone talking about laws and breaking them, know of what you speak BEFORE you speak. Here in NC, 16 years old is age of consent. Sooooo....this means you can technically have sex with a 16 year old...and presumably talk dirty to them as well. He's still a sicko....but a law breaker? That's not for sure.

    August 24, 2007 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  18. Tom, NYC

    Barney Frank (D-Mass)ran a Gay Escort service out of his D.C. townhouse and walked away scott free. Funny how libs forget that.

    August 24, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  19. roy davis. w. Palm Beach, FL

    now when will rahma emanuel and bill burton be charged for withholding this information from the public for over one year. on 9/29/06 they had their pu[ppet brian ros enter it on the ABCNEWS web-site.

    these people failed to advise any parents or aythorities that they knew for over 15 months of foley's activities.

    politics is more important than your kid's safety.

    August 24, 2007 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  20. roy davis, W. Palm Beach, FL

    did brian ross appear in the investigation after he withheld the information on foley?

    August 24, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. tjp, valley forge PA

    Barney Frank was neither a conservative nor neocon when he admitted to sexploits with a teenage paige years ago while on an overseas junket, no less. This type of behavior without consequence is more of a rich and powerful thing than one of conservatives or liberals. Maybe that explains why even with the changing of the guard on the Hill nothing has really "changed." Nothing gets done while those on both sides just poke fingers in one another's eyes. All at taxpayer expense!

    August 24, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  22. G.T. Bear, Detroit, MI

    How ironic that one of the major authors of the Adam Walsh Act, and seemingly John Walsh's bosom buddy should skate. Nobody saw this coming? Yet the current congressional leadership will not allow the law access to his computers? So much for the new deal in Congress, they cover up just like the old ones did. Go figure.

    August 24, 2007 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Tom Dedham, Mass

    As a Republican, but not a bible thumper as liberals like to portray all of us, I think this guy is a first class douchebag and should do time right next to Ted Kennedy (manslaughter), William Jefferson (bribery etc, etc), Patrick Kennedy (DUI, reckless driving as he almost ran over cops etc, etc), you can add you own selections of Democrats and Republicans here over the years that betray the public trust.

    I do understand the added anger though David, as this involved young boys and is totally indefensible.

    August 24, 2007 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  24. Melissa St. Charles, MO

    I can't believe this jerk is going to get away with this. Why is it that money talks and bull crap walks?

    August 24, 2007 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Jeremy Swanson, Chesapeake, VA

    The Law Only Applies To Those Who Can Not Afford It. Our Government Is Proof Of It And The World Knows It.

    August 24, 2007 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
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