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Monday, October 14, 2013

High-Profile Cases in Congress and the Church (Part Two)

We Want the Truth!!! Waterboard GOP Mark Foley Now!
~The Washington Post

Priest Says He, Foley Had Encounters
~USA Today

The headlines glared out from newsstands, and questions were asked. What bout the case of Mark Foley, a man who lead a double life, whose secret world came crashing in on him in a publicly humiliating scandal?  

Mark Foley, born in Newton, Massachusetts, on September 8, 1954, was one of six children. He was baptized in the Catholic Church, and his godfather, Jimmy Piersall, a retired player for the Boston Red Sox, was a close friend of the family.  His father relocated the family to Lake Worth, Flordia, when Mark was three. Mark's youth was spent in the quiet community, where he eventually helped his mother open a family restaurant called The Lettuce Patch. His political aspirations began when he was appointed to the Lake Worth City Council at the age of twenty-three.

Foley, a six-term congressman for the state of Florida, easily won his  seat in two election by receiving more than 60 percent of the vote. Foley was a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and, throughout his political career, was an advocate and activist for the protection of youth from sexual predators.

Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography serving on the House Caucus of Missing and Exploited Children. In 2002, he introduced a bill to outlaw websites that showed sexually suggestive images of preteens. In 2003, he sent a letter to the governor and attorney general of Florida, requesting that hey review the legality of a program for nudist teenagers in Land O'Lakes, Florida. Foley's legislation, which changed federal sex offender laws, was supported by a number of victims' rights groups, including The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted and father of Adam Walsh, who was abducted at the age of six and has never been found.

President George W. Bush signed Foley's bill as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. Foley was also involved in getting a law passed that allows volunteer youth-serving organizations to have access to FBI fingerprint background checks for the safety of the children involved.

So what happened? How did the career of Mark Foley -- whose external would appeared devoted to the protection and safety of children -- end in such scandal?




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