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Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Delaware police inquire about teenager’s interaction with Weiner

Updated 3:20 a.m.

Police in New Castle, Del., questioned a 17-year-old high school student Friday regarding her online communications with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), a police official said Friday night.

The New Castle County police “were made aware of an alleged contact between Congressman Anthony Weiner and an area teen,” department spokeswoman Officer Tracey Duffy told the Associated Press. “The teen has been interviewed and disclosed no information regarding any criminal activity.”

FoxNews.com reported Friday that several police officers visited the teenager’s home Friday afternoon and asked to speak with her mother. About half an hour later, the officers left.

Weiner’s online interactions with the student had drawn the attention of some conservative bloggers in recent days. FoxNews.com said one of its reporters was at the house when the officers arrived.

Weiner spokeswoman Risa Heller confirmed that the congressman communicated with the 17-year-old, adding in an e-mail, “According to Congressman Weiner, his communications with this person were neither explicit nor indecent.”

Late Friday, a member of the girl’s family told the New York Times that Weiner’s messages were “harmless,” but expressed concern that he communicated privately with the teenager.

FoxNews.com cited sources close to the student as saying that the 17-year-old began following Weiner on Twitter after hearing him speak during a trip to Washington on April 1.

That was the day that Weiner took to the House floor to mock Republicans in the ongoing debate over avoiding a government shutdown; the New York Democrat read from a children’s book, “House Mouse, Senate Mouse,” which describes the process by which a bill becomes a law. The House was considering a Republican-sponsored bill aimed at keeping the government running even if the Senate did not pass a funding measure of its own.

Weiner sent the student a direct message via Twitter about two weeks later, according to FoxNews.com’s sources.

The report is the latest, and potentially the most serious, sign of trouble for the embattled Democrat. On Monday, he announced that he had repeatedly lied in an effort to cover up his inappropriate online communications with at least six women across the country.

Asked by reporters Monday whether any of the women he had communicated with might have been underage, Weiner said he didn’t know for certain.

“Of course no one ever knows that,” he said. “But I know that I never had any intention of having an interaction with underage women, and no information that I have now shows that I did.”

Democrats have since called on the seven-term congressman to resign, although those calls became muted in recent days follow reports that Weiner’s wife, senior Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, is pregnant with the couple’s first child. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has called for an ethics committee investigation into Weiner’s conduct, declined Friday to call for his resignation, the Associated Press reported.

The Weiner scandal also became somewhat eclipsed by the news on Thursday that former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s (R-Ga.) presidential campaign appeared on the verge of collapse and the release Friday by the state of Alaska of thousands of pages of former governor Sarah Palin’s (R) e-mails.

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