Anthony Weiner Investigated for Contact with 17-Year-Old Girl

Jun 10, 2011 10:21pm

ABC News’ Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) and Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) report:   Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York is under investigation by the New Castle County, Del., Police Department for his online communications with a 17-year-old female high school student, ABC News has confirmed.

The investigation was first reported by Fox News earlier today when one of the network’s reporters was at the girl’s home and saw police officers arrive to speak with the girl and her mother.

Law enforcement officials would not comment to ABC News on who contacted them or on the nature of the alleged communications between the girl and Weiner.

The girl, whose identity has been confirmed by ABC News but is being withheld because of her age, has commented publicly on Twitter that she had been in direct contact with the congressman. There is no apparent evidence their communications were inappropriate.

When asked about the investigation tonight, a spokesman for Weiner said in a statement, "According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent."

On Monday at a press conference in New York Weiner himself said that he believed none of the women with whom he had risqué exchanges was underage.

“I don’t know the exact ages of the women, and I don’t know if you do,” he said. “I’m going to respect their privacy, but they were all adults.  At least, to the best of my knowledge.”

ABC News’ Rich Esposito contributed to this report.

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