October 05, 2006
There are a lot of folks getting this wrong, so follow the bold:
The page pursued by Mark Foley was 17 at the time Foley began sending explicit instant messages.
The young man was 17 when the IMs began and continued to receive IMs after he turned 18, including the now infamous House vote instant message, were sent.
That in no way mitigates the fact that a Congressman abused his position of authority in the pursuit of sexual gratification from those under his influence whether the victim is 16 or 60.
Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 5, 2006 09:21 AM
My friends and I are so tired of all the negativity and sleaze that we've started our own yahoo group with the aim of building something better. Folks are free to look us up and join, if they agree.
CY, no offense if you delete this post--as I don't know if it's against your rules. Note my posting here does not constitute any endorsement by you!
Yes, instant messages might have started while the page or ex-page was age 17, but we have not been shown any of the messages that were exchanged while he was 17. No, we have only been shown the most salacious one, the one that was exchanged between adults.
I suspect that we haven't seen the earlier IM's because they are not clearly inappropriate.