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Foley remains in
treatment center for alcoholism

Foley remains in
treatment center for alcoholism

Former Florida congressman Mark Foley, who resigned over sexually explicit messages sent to male congressional pages, is remaining in treatment for alcoholism beyond his initial 30-day stay, his attorney said Wednesday.

Foley checked into a 30-day treatment program at the Sierra Tucson center in Catalina, Ariz., near Tucson, on October 1. There was no immediate indication how much longer Foley would remain there. ''I can't say any information other than he's still there,'' attorney Gerald Richman told the Associated Press.

The Florida Republican resigned from Congress in September after he was confronted with the explicit computer messages he had sent to male teenage congressional pages. His attorneys have since said that Foley is gay, suffers from alcohol addiction, and was molested by a Catholic priest when he was a teenage altar boy. They said Foley was seeking treatment for ''alcoholism and other behavioral problems.''

Authorities are investigating whether Foley broke any state or federal laws, and a House ethics committee is questioning members of Congress about what they knew regarding Foley's inappropriate contacts. (AP)

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