Weiner Admits Contact with 17 Year Old but Denies Indecency

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on June 11 2011 2:28 AM

New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is in the hot seat after the enormous scandal erupted last week, admitted to having online contact with a 17-year-old teenager but maintains that the contact was neither explicit nor indecent.

The teenager, who remains unidentified, was interviewed Friday at the family home, according to New Castle County Police in an ongoing investigation. The teen disclosed no information regarding any criminal activity, said Officer Tracey Duffy.

Weiner's contact with the teen started in April after a trip to Washington D.C. during which he spoke to the school group and the girl started following him on Twitter. She posted in her profile how she aspires to be president, and Weiner sent a private message two days later saying How hip am I talking to a future president.

The girl's family say the online contact was harmless, however, the family member expressed concern that Weiner communicated privately instead of via public Twitter feeds.

Weiner, a seven-term Democrat, has acknowledged sending sexually explicit messages over the Internet to a half-dozen women in the past three years and lying about it. He is married to Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Abedin is pregnant with the couple's first child.

Amid increasing calls for Weiner, 46, to resign, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the decision should be up to Weiner and his constituents. A recent poll of registered voters in his district found 56 percent said he should stay in office.

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