congressman Mark Foley, under FBI investigation for e-mail
exchanges with teenage male congressional pages, has checked
himself in to a rehabilitation facility for alcoholism
treatment and accepts responsibility for his actions,
his attorney acknowledged Monday. The attorney, David
Roth, would not identify the facility but told an
Associated Press reporter in Florida that Foley had checked
himself in over the weekend.
''I strongly believe that I am an alcoholic and
have accepted the need for immediate treatment for
alcoholism and other behavioral problems,'' Foley said
in a statement, Roth confirmed to the AP.
Foley abruptly resigned from Congress on
Friday after reports surfaced that he'd sent sexually
charged electronic messages to boys working as
congressional pages. ''I deeply regret and accept full
responsibility for the harm I have caused,'' Foley said.
The FBI, meanwhile, said late Sunday that it
''is conducting an assessment to see if there's been a
violation of federal law,'' according to FBI spokesman
Richard Kolko. (Lara Jakes Jordan, AP)