This is the text of a statement released last night by Rep. Robert Bauman (R-Md.):
"In recent years, I have had an increasingly serious personal problem with the consumption of alcohol. Last winter, my drinking problem reached what I now realize to be the stage of acute alcoholism, although I did not know it at the time.
"As a result of a family crisis caused by my drinking problem, I turned for help to Rev. Father John Harvey, OSFC, who has been a close personal friend of myself and my wife Carol for more than 20 years. In the course of spiritual counseling by Fr. Harvey, he recommended that I consult a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of alcoholism, John Kinnane, PhD, of Silver Spring. On the advice of Fr. Harvey and Dr. Kinnane, I joined the fellowship known as Alcoholics Anonymous, and began attending meetings on a regular basis.
"The help of these two good men and my association with A.A. has helped me greatly to return to sobriety and I have not had a drink since May 1, 1980, a period of more than five months.
"I recount these facts as a preface to explain that I have today, Oct. 3, voluntarily agreed to take advantage of the benefits of the diversionary program of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on the advice of my friend and legal counsel Thomas M. O'Malley. This program provides that I will continue with the guidance and help of Dr. Kinnane and Fr. Harvey.
"I have entered into the program at the suggestion of the U.S. attorney for D.C. Several weeks ago his office informed me that allegations had been made concerning my personal conduct during the period of my heaviest drinking last winter. The charge involved is solicitation.
"I strongly emphasize that this allegation involves only my personal conduct and has nothing to do with my office or duties as a member of Congress. My drinking occurred away from my official duties and did not impair my work. In fact, my attendance record for seven years in Congress is 99.2 percent, one of the highest in the Congress.
"I want to publicly acknowledge and thank my wife, Carol, and my four children for their help, understanding and encouragement during this difficult time in our lives. Without that help, I could not have changed the course of my personal conduct. I must also thank Fr. Harvey and Dr. Kinnane, whose spiritual and professional assistance has been invaluable to me.
"All this help and support at a time of great personal anguish has made it possible for me to confront and combat my alcoholism, and for that I will always be grateful.
"In spite of my personal problems, I am very proud of the legislative accomplishments and service that I have rendered to the people of my congressional district since my election in August 1973.
"I will submit myself to the judgment of the citizens of my district on the basis of that record as I have in the past.
"As a result of the help I have received from my wife and family, my priest, my doctor, and Alcoholics Anonymous, my own alcoholics Anonymous, my own alcoholism is now under control and my sobriety restored. Equally important, I have confessed my sins, as my religion requires, and I am in the state of grace and will remain so with the help of God. For the first time in my life, I have come to terms with my personal problem, admitted my faults, and am trying to make amends."