Former page had sex with Foley

The LA Times reports a former page had a sexual encounter with Foley when he was 21 and serving as an Intern in “an unrelated program.”

A former House page says he had sex with then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) after receiving explicit e-mails in which the congressman described assessing the sexual orientation and physical attributes of underage pages but waiting until later to make direct advances.

The former page, who agreed to discuss his relationship with Foley with the Los Angeles Times on the condition that he not be identified, said his electronic correspondence with Foley began after he finished the respected Capitol Hill page program for high school juniors. His sexual encounter was in the fall of 2000, he said. At the time, he was 21 and a graduate of a rural Northeastern college.

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The former page’s account is consistent with Foley’s assertion that he did not have sexual relations with minors, an issue that will be key to determining whether he committed crimes. The legal age of consent varies from state to state; in the District of Columbia, where the pages live in supervised dormitories, it is 16.

Yet the former page’s exchanges with Foley offer a glimpse of possible predatory behavior by the congressman as he assessed male teenagers assigned as House errand-runners.

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3 thoughts on “Former page had sex with Foley

  1. “The former page’s account is consistent with Foley’s assertion that he did not have sexual relations with minors, an issue that will be key to determining whether he committed crimes.”
    This will be the element that the Republicans will hammer away at: Foley only had sex with adults, so this is all totally cool, and the Democrats are trying to build a huge overblown criminal conspiracy around perfectly legal, consensual sex (just like Bill & Monica had, and no-one created a big, ah, overblown conspiracy about *that*). Just you wait.

  2. Checking the timeline: the former page was 21 yo in 2000; contacts began “after” participating in the page program. It would make sense to me that the “after” was actually “shortly after”: a new crop of fresh-faced pages comes in every year, and it would seem unusual to me that Foley would continue to obsess about a page several years later with no contact in the meantime. That would put the contact in 1996 or thereabouts.
    The bottom line: it would appear that Foley has been at his gambit of e-mailing pages for probably a decade. He served nearly 6 terms as representative, so that’s most of the time he’s been there.
    The question is: How long has the fix been in? Is Hastert the only Speaker who looked past the behavior, which seems to stretch back to the days of Newt?

  3. Use their statements to hang them. It is OK to send sexually explicit messages to minors under one’s care.

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