ABC News reported on October 5 that in 2002, Foley e-mailed one page with an invitation to stay at the congressman's home in exchange for oral sex.The page, who was 17 years old at the time, declined the offer.The same report stated that he e-mailed another with a request for a photograph of his erect penis.

Newsweek's June 7, 2010, issue's BACK STORY listed Foley, among others, as a prominent conservative politician who had a record of anti-gay legislation and was later caught in a gay sex scandal.

and 2005, were investigated by the FBI for possible criminal violations.

In September 2008, Florida officials investigating Foley decided not to charge him, citing a lack of evidence and the expiration of the statute of limitations.

The Mark Foley scandal, which broke in late September 2006, centers on soliciting e-mails and sexually suggestive instant messages sent by Mark Foley, a Republican Congressman from Florida, to teenaged boys who had formerly served as congressional pages.

Investigation was closed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on September 19, 2008 citing insufficient evidence to pursue criminal charges as both "Congress and Mr.

Foley denied us access to critical data", said FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.

The scandal led to Foley's resignation from Congress on September 29, 2006.

Among other things, Foley asked for a photo of the page, his age and birthday, and what he wanted for a birthday present.

Foley observed that another male page (to whom he had also written) was "in really great shape...

i am just finished riding my bike on a 25 mile journey..." The page forwarded the e-mails to a colleague in Alexander's office, saying "this really freaked me out", and repeating the word "sick" 13 times in a row to describe the photo request.

The page asked "if you can, please tell Rodney [Alexander] about this", and in addition, mentioned a female page who had been warned about a Congressman who "hit on" interns.