- Tip: Navigate with your left and right arrow keys15Oh, Mark Foley.
A man formerly in charge of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children (which dealt with legislation protecting Americans against sexual predators, and made stricter guidelines for tracking them) was caught having unlawful Internet conversations via IM and email with two former pages (aged 16 and 18... oh, the irony).
Later, two news organizations quoted anonymous former pages saying they had sexual liaisons with Foley after turning 18 and 21.
Foley's answer to this, after all was said and done (through his lawyer), was that he had never "ever had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor in his life," and that he is "absolutely, positively not a pedophile."
His lawyer also said that Foley was a victim of sexual assault by an (unnamed) clergyman as a child and that the inappropriate conversations he had with the pages were due to alcoholism. Which is all a pretty convenient way to promote the right-wing "gay = disease" angle while still going down in flames.
His lawyer also stated that Foley is gay, even after Foley described even the thought of early allegations of his homosexuality as "revolting and unforgivable."
Apparently, his homosexuality had been an "open secret" in Washington for years.
Age: age 60
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America
Institution: Palm Beach Community College
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