Among the latest of these is a program designed to show children how to protect themselves from online predators.
Here is Mr. Foley's statement:
"Today I have delivered a letter to the Speaker of the House informing him of my decision to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives, effective today. I thank the people of Florida's 16th Congressional District for giving me the opportunity to serve them for the last twelve years; it has been an honor.According to ABC News:
I am deeply sorry and apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent."
Hours earlier, ABC News had read excerpts of instant messages provided by former male pages who said the congressman, under the AOL Instant Messenger screen name Maf54, made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.Apparently this is not just one isolated incident.
UPDATE: ABC News has released a transcript of an instant message exchange between Mark Foley (Maf54) and a high school student. (note: sexually explicit content)