- The Washington Times - Friday, September 19, 2008

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. | Former Rep. Mark Foley isn’t expected to face charges after a lengthy investigation into his lurid messages to underage congressional pages, two federal law enforcement officials told the Associated Press on Thursday.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case, said the results of a state investigation would be announced Friday.

They said neither state nor federal charges were expected, although an FBI investigation has not been closed yet.

Mr. Foley resigned in 2006 after being confronted with the e-mails and instant messages he sent to male pages. He has since been under investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI.

Foley attorney David Roth, has acknowledged that his client sent the messages to the teenagers, but maintains that the Florida Republican never had inappropriate contact with minors. Mr. Roth had no immediate comment on the pending announcement.

Shortly after Mr. Foley’s resignation, Mr. Roth announced the congressman was gay and had been molested by a priest as a teenage altar boy. Mr. Foley also checked himself into an Arizona treatment facility for what his attorneys said was “alcoholism and other behavioral problems.”

Florida authorities had said their investigation was hampered because neither Mr. Foley nor the House would let its investigators examine his congressional computers.



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