Congressman Resigns after Sexual Texting to Teen

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...man_e_mails_23

    And this scumbag was a so-called leader on the issue of internet exploitation of children.

    I hope there's a criminal case that can be made against him. Many states have criminal sanctions against even propositioning minors online.

    Makes my stomach turn.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
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  2. 48 Comments

  3. by   CHATSDALE
    i would hope, also, that there is a criminal case in this but he probably knows a lot of people w/pull
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    I don't know if there were criminal charges in these previous actions.

    In 1983, the House censured two members of Congress, Reps. Dan Crane (R-Ill.) and Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) for having sexual relationships with pages. In 1990, the ethics committee publicly disapproved of the conduct of Rep. Gus Savage (D-Ill.), who had made sexual advances to a Peace Corps volunteer. In all three cases, the ethics committee relied on the House rule prohibiting conduct that does not reflect creditably on the House

    http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0929-06.htm
  5. by   Corvette Guy
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    i would hope, also, that there is a criminal case in this but he probably knows a lot of people w/pull
    I'd like to pull a rope around his neck!
  6. by   firstaiddave907
    im glad he is out of office and i agree he should have a rope put around his neck.
  7. by   suzy253
    ugh..unbelievable...just unbelievable.
  8. by   jnette
    While I disagree strongly with the behavior of ANY political "responsible adult" in a leadership role reaching out inappropriately to young staffers,
    this is even more dispicable as this particular young man was only 16... not yet an "adult", much less a "consenting adult".

    This is no different than any other child preditor behavior and should be treated as such.

    What on earth IS our world coming to? Our kids aren't safe in school, at home, and not even in the White House ! ARRRRRRRRRGHH !!!!
  9. by   oramar
    Hi jnette, how are U? This situation is really ugly. People have c/o this guy for quite some time to FBI and were blown off. This guy actually co-authored legislation banning approaching minors on line for sexual purposes. I watched old news reports where he was addressing the pages during a meeting and his behavior was creepy even then.
  10. by   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from firstaiddave907
    im glad he is out of office and i agree he should have a rope put around his neck.
    I was thinking the rope ought to go someplace about 3 feet farther south, and THEN we string him up.........

    Honestly, I can't think of any crime---outside of murder, that is---much worse than that of stealing a child's innocence. Granted, a 16-year-old is very different from a 6-year-old (or a 6-MONTH-old), but even a big, strapping high-school kid hasn't got a chance when his boss, a man with power, fame, wealth, and influence, takes advantage of him in this fashion. And how convenient for this jerk to suddenly decide he's an alcoholic, and check himself into rehab..........it just burns me up. :angryfire
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    scumbag. Is there ANYone in office we CAN trust???

    ANYONE?
  12. by   indigo girl
    Of course in politics, they will take every advantage of this. Should they?

    http://www.washtimes.com/op-ed/20061...2008-9058r.htm
  13. by   mercyteapot
    If the accusations that Dennis Hastert overlooked this behavior for the past five years proves to be true, he needs to go too!
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from mercyteapot
    If the accusations that Dennis Hastert overlooked this behavior for the past five years proves to be true, he needs to go too!
    I heard Dennis Hastert speak twice today on the radio while driving home from the woods and he denied knowing of the IM's - just the email where the congressman asked about the boy's wellbeing after Katrina and then asked for a photo. At that time, the congressman was warned. The FBI decided there wasn't anything to investigate at that time either.

    My husband and I are active in youth sports and church activities with kids. It has become very clear in the past ten years what is and is not acceptable . . . and yet I have had to recently speak with a softball coach about a recent event I witnessed and the inappropriateness. He and one of his players went out to dinner at Applebee's after a pitching lesson. Never never never go anywhere alone with a player. Ever. Now, what happens if in a year or two it comes out that he and this girl were doing more than just going out to dinner? Would I be in trouble? The only info I have at this time is the dinner. I can only act on that.

    The IM's were held by ABC news since August . . . Brian Ross admitted that he was too busy with Katrina and 9/11 coverage to do anything about them. Isn't that bad? There was a teenager supposedly being sent explicit IM's . . . . . aren't our children more important than that?

    Mr. Foley is gone - and that is good.

    steph
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Oct 4, '06

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