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Florida Law Enforcement Builds Criminal Case Against Mark Foley

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Foleyscreenshot_2ABC's The Blotter reports that Florida law enforcement officials are working on possible criminal charges against former Congressman Mark Foley based on statutes regarding sexual predation over the Internet.

They are reportedly focusing on instant messages, in particular messages where instructions were given to a child, who then followed them. Said Maureen Horkan, the director of the Child Predator CyberCrime Unit in the Florida Attorney General's office: "If the child listens and complies and follows someone else's instruction, even though they are in totally separate places, that crime has been committed."

The message referred to was one in which Foley asked a 17-year-old to measure the size of his equipment.

According to the Blotter, "Federal law enforcement officials say they have had difficulty bringing charges against Foley because they have not been able to prove actual sexual contact with a minor, as required under federal law. Washington, D.C. law defines the age of consent as 16."

The Blotter says Foley has begun to "re-emerge publicly" in Palm Beach: "He was seen last week bicycling along South Ocean Boulevard wearing a helmet and bike racing outfit."

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  1. A "bike racing outfit?" Does that mean spandex? fuckin' EWWW!

    Posted by: JT | Mar 28, 2007 11:46:36 AM

  2. The feds got nothing. They want to charge him for symbolism.

    Posted by: Jack! | Mar 28, 2007 1:14:22 PM

  3. um, why can Chris Hansen knock down, handcuff and arrest guys with no sexual contact and yet fatty goes free?

    Posted by: Sydelle Pearl | Mar 28, 2007 4:01:52 PM

  4. Heeeeee's Back!

    I'm not sure how Florida can claim jurisdiction.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 28, 2007 5:06:49 PM

  5. this is politically-motivated, puritanical bullshit. a 17-year old "kid" is perfectly capable of deciding whether or not he wants to jack off with some dude online or not.
    how about if we all grow the fuck up already ? sheesh.

    Posted by: el polacko | Mar 28, 2007 6:15:19 PM

  6. Since when is measuring your penis a sex act?

    Posted by: David | Mar 29, 2007 3:41:59 AM

  7. "They are reportedly focusing on instant messages, in particular messages where instructions were given to a child, who then followed them."

    THAT's a crime? So telling a teenager to do something that's entirely legal, from a remote location where you cannot possibly exert any influence or intimidation over them is illegal? Since fucking when?

    As much as I hate to defend an immoral, unethical monster like Foley, the FBI's really grasping at straws here. As much as I'd like to see him behind bars (where he will presumably be subject to more than just measurements), it's not worth losing my constitutional right to hit on teenagers online, goddammit. Won't someone think of the 20-somethings with broadband?

    Posted by: Rottin' in Denmark | Mar 29, 2007 12:25:30 PM

  8. So, let me get this straight. Foley asked a 17-year old "child" to measure his penis over the internet. And if the "child" followed Foley's instructions, then Foley can be charged with a crime. If the "child" appropriately told Foley to "go fuck himself you dirty old man", then Foley walks? This case is truly absurd. If Foley attempted no physical sexual contact with anyone under 18 then I don't see how he could be charged with anything other than having a lewd conversation (which I don't think is a crime). It sounds like Foley followed the law although his detractors would say he "skirted" the law.

    Posted by: Fresh | Mar 29, 2007 5:08:45 PM

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