Noted civil rights lawyer Glen Greenwald points out an odd distinction with regard to Republican Congressperv Foley's cybersex:
[I]n-person, actual sex between Foley and a 16-year-old page would be perfectly legal in D.C. and in most places in the U.S. . . . Despite all the irritatingly righteous (and overheated) "pedophile" language being tossed around, in the overwhelming majority of states, and in Washington DC, the legal age of consent for sex is 16 years old. That means that actual, in-person sex between Foley and a 16-year-old page in D.C. would not be criminal at all (though it likely could have other legal implications).Interesting but not too significant, since they are not alleged to have done anything more than talk dirty. This is where the felony potential kicks in:
[U]nder the so-called "Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006" . . . along with 18 U.S.C. 2251, discussion or solicitation of sexual acts between Foley and any "minor" under the age of 18 would appear to be a criminal offense (see Adam Walsh Act, Sec. 111(14) ("MINOR.--The term 'minor' means an individual who has not attained the age of 18 years") and 18 U.S.C. Sec. 2256 (1) (“'minor' means any person under the age of eighteen years").And who, you might ask, was a co-sponsor and author of some of the language of the "Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006"?
None other than the honorable representative from Florida's 16th district, Mark Foley.
Hoisted by his own petard.