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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The groomer

farming and harvesting

FBI Yet to Find Evidence of Foley-Page Sexual Contact

October 18, 2006 10:15 AM

Brian Ross Reports:

After interviewing some 40 former congressional pages, FBI agents have yet to turn up any evidence of direct sexual contact between underage pages and former Congressman Mark Foley.

Instead, according to law enforcement officials and several former pages, a pattern is emerging of seduction by Foley that began when the boys were 16 and 17. In cases where actual sex followed, it was not until the boys were at the legal age of 18.

"He spotted me when I was a page and set the hook while I was still in high school," one former page told ABC News. "He didn't reel me in until he showed up at my college campus on a congressional visit. We had sex," said the page, who has been interviewed by the FBI.

"As someone who wrote many of the laws, he presumably knew exactly what he could get away with," said one law enforcement official.

As the former co-chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children, he helped enact laws that toughened penalties on Internet predators and resulted in more FBI agents assigned to Internet sex crimes.

Throughout the lurid instant messages Foley sent to current and former pages, there are repeated references to waiting until the young men are 18.

Teen: im not 18 till feb 23
Maf54: i know.
Maf54: nothing will happen
Maf54: just dreaming
Maf54: don't worry
Teen: ya im still 17 till feb 23
Maf54: see you feb 24th

Former prosecutors and FBI agents who have worked on similar cases say, depending on the prosecutor, the instant messages contain more than enough material to bring a charge of soliciting sex over the Internet.

"I know some that would have him arrested tomorrow, and there are others who would seek actual contact," said former FBI agent Brad Garrett, now an ABC News consultant.

He would groom these kids, and then snap them up when they were legal. Lucky for us, he made sending nasty e-mails illegal.

So unrelentingly disgusting. They were teenagers when he chasing them.

And the House leadership let it happen.

posted by Steve @ 6:40:00 PM

6:40:00 PM

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