Rep Busted by Gawker Warned of Internet Dangers
Chris Lee penned op-ed about online predators
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2011 6:42 AM CST
In this image provided by the US House of Representatives, Rep. Christopher Lee, R-NY, is seen in Washington.   (AP Photo/House of Representatives)

(Newser) – How’s this for irony: Chris Lee, the married ex-Congressman who resigned after Gawker busted him trolling for women on Craigslist, penned an op-ed all about "the dangers of the Internet" in 2009. Gawker points to the piece, originally printed in the Tonawanda News; it focuses on legislation Lee helped to pass that educates students on Internet safety. Lee—who used his real name and email address when sending half-naked pictures of himself to a woman he met via the site—warns in the op-ed that “private information and images can so easily be transmitted to friends and strangers alike.”

“Responding to what may seem like a friendly email or an appealing marketing offer can have serious consequences,” Lee warns. He goes on to note “alarming trends” like: “Seven in 10 teens regularly receive personal messages online from people they don't know. Sixty-four percent post photos or videos of themselves, while 58% post info about where they live.” Fortunately, due to the legislation he helped pass, “schools will have the ability to educate students about appropriate online behavior." Notable aside: Sources tell Politico that John Boehner warned Lee and several other junior GOP lawmakers last year to stop partying with female lobbyists.

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T-MAN
Feb 11, 2011 6:47 AM CST
Oh no, another GOP congressman in a sexual scandal. Who would have guessed. Keep up the family values GOP. No class, pin-up boy.
Pamdouble07
Feb 10, 2011 2:10 PM CST
Just ANOTHER classic example, of a man living his life, led by his man parts. What an idiot :/
WallyEFunk
Feb 10, 2011 11:39 AM CST
Fox news have went to the left. Makes a point of him been Republican,Or hopeandchange is wrong that the GOP is being picked on? "Republican Chris Lee Quits House in Internet Scandal" http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2011/02/10/republican-chris-lee-quits-house-internet-scandal/