Police close Delaware Weiner case

Posted: June 12, 2011

WILMINGTON - Police have closed an investigation into the online contact between Rep. Anthony Weiner and a 17-year-old Delaware girl who started following the New York Democrat online after a class trip to the nation's capital earlier in the spring.

C.R. McLeod, a spokesman for the New Castle County government, told the Associated Press on Saturday that investigators had concluded their probe and planned no further comment "unless something new arises that needs their attention."

Delaware police spoke with the girl and her mother on Friday, and, according to the girl's Philadelphia lawyer, Daniel P. McElhatton, took the girl's laptop and cellphone for analysis. The girl's family voluntarily handed over the computer and phone, and police did not have a warrant, McElhatton said.

"There was nothing of a sexual nature or any innuendo," McElhatton said of the communications between Weiner and the girl. He previously said in a statement that there was no exchange of photographs between the high school junior and the 46-year-old congressman.

Weiner acknowledged having online contact with the girl, but said it was "neither explicit nor indecent." The New York Times reported that Weiner said he had exchanged at least five private messages on Twitter with the girl, the latest turn in a scandal that has some members of Congress saying Weiner should step down after he admitted sending sexually explicit online messages to women.


Contact staff writer Bob Fernandez at 215-854-5897 or bob.fernandez@phillynews.com.

 

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