Six months later, Foley still under investigation

By Times wires
Published March 29, 2007

WEST PALM BEACH - Former Rep. Mark Foley remains under criminal investigation for sexually explicit Internet communications he had with underage boys, more than six months after he resigned from Congress, authorities said Wednesday.

"I can't really give any more detail other than to say we're still in the preliminary investigative stance and we are working with state authorities," said Debra Weierman, a spokeswoman for the FBI's Washington, D.C., field office, which is handling the case.

Florida authorities announced in November they had opened a criminal investigation.

"It's definitely still an active investigation," Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Kristen Perezluha said Wednesday.

Neither state nor federal authorities could say how long their investigations would last.

Foley resigned from Congress Sept. 29 after being confronted with the lurid communications he had with male teenage pages who had worked on Capitol Hill. His attorney, David Roth, maintains that Foley never had inappropriate sexual contact with the minors. Roth has declined further comment.

Foley checked himself into an Arizona facility on Oct. 1 for what his attorneys said was treatment of "alcoholism and other behavioral problems." His attorneys at the time announced Foley was gay, an alcoholic and had been molested by a priest as a teenage altar boy in Florida.