Mark Foley Likely to Get Away With Sexual Harassment of Minors
Way to go Florida! Because the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has dragged its feet for months on investigating Mark Foley and his numerous attempts to seduce underage boys of the course of several years, the disgraced former congressman will likely get off scott free.
According to ABC:
"Barring any extraordinary circumstances, it is very unlikely for charges to be filed in a case once the statute of limitations has run its course," said Aya Gruber, a former federal public defender and professor of law at Florida International University.
Federal officials turned the case over to Florida after concluding that Foley did not engage in any actual sexual contact until the former pages had turned 18, and had therefore not violated federal law. Washington, D.C. law defines the age of consent as 16.
Under Florida law, it is a third-degree felony both to use the Internet "to seduce, solicit, lure or entice" a minor "to commit any illegal act...relating to lewdness and indecent exposure" and to transmit any "information or data that is harmful to minors...via electronic mail," which includes instant messages.