Instant Messages Obtained by ABC News Cast Doubt on Claims from Foley’s Lawyer

Oct 3, 2006 8:07pm

Mark Foley was sexually molested by a clergyman when Foley was between the ages of 13 and 15 and "wants you to know he is a gay man," his lawyer, David Roth, said late Tuesday. Mr. Roth said the disclosure was part of his client’s "recovery." Asked why the former congressman did not reveal this information sooner, Roth said, "Shame, shame." "As is so often the case with victims of abuse, Mark advises that he kept his shame to himself for almost 40 years," Roth said. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS EXCLUSIVE New Excerpts of Instant Messages a Former Page Said He Had with Foley New Foley Instant Messages: Had Internet Sex While Awaiting House Vote Click Here for More of the Brian Ross Home Page Foley, who checked into an alcohol rehabilitation facility in Florida, also "reiterates unequivocally that he has never had sexual contact with a minor," Roth said. But instant messages obtained by ABC News do reveal that Congressman Foley met with an underage page in San Diego, a meeting which they spoke about in an instant message exchange from April, 2003. Maf54: I miss you lots since san diego. Roth said he knew but could not reveal the name and denomination of the clergyman who molested him.  According to Foley’s biography on his Web site, he was raised as a Roman Catholic in the West Palm Beach area. Foley’s lawyer said Foley takes responsibility for sending sexually graphic instant messages over the Internet and was under the influence of alcohol when he sent many of the messages. He denied, however, that Foley ever offered to provide alcohol for teens at his Capitol Hill apartment. But according to an instant message provided to ABC News by a former page, Foley did make such an offer to a former page in April, 2003. Maf54: then we can have a few drinks
Maf54: lol
Teen:  yes yes ;-)
Maf54: your not old enough to drink
Teen:  shhh….
Maf54: ok
Teen:  thats not what my ID says
Teen:  lol
Maf54: ok
Teen:  i probably shouldnt be telling you that huh
Maf54: we may need to drink at my house so we dont get busted Read Foley’s Attorney David Roth’s Complete Statement.

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