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Former Congressman Mark Foley breaks silence on page scandal

Former Congressman Mark Foley says he's trying to find his way back, two years after he sent lurid, sexually explicit computer messages to male teens who had worked as Capitol Hill pages.

The Florida Republican has made his first public comments on the scandal in an interview with The Associated Press. He resigned from Congress on Sept. 29, 2006.

Foley insists he did nothing illegal and no criminal charges were filed. Foley says his responsibility lies in allowing it to happen, since he was the adult. But he notes none of the people he contacted told him to stop or that they thought it was inappropriate.

Foley had built a national reputation as an advocate for tougher penalties against child sexual predators. But he says there's a "huge difference" between the work he did on behalf of "young children" and lurid chats with teens on the brink of adulthood.

Information courtesy of the Associated Press (2008).

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