Texas Congressman Joe Barton Apologizes for 'Sexts'

Yolanda Curtis
November 23, 2017

It's fair to say that America was shocked on Wednesday when a nude photo of conservative Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) graphically surfaced online. The 68-year-old Republican said each relationship was consensual and had ended.

A purported sext message accompanied the explicit image, and Barton apologized to his constituents while emphasizing that he had "sexual relationships" with "mature adult women" following a divorce.

The photo, posted anonymously on at least one website on Monday, has been making the rounds on Twitter, mainly through an anonymous account purporting to belong to a "100 percent Trump supporter". While there is no federal law prohibiting the disclosure of intimate photos of adults without consent, the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday reported that the Twitter photo of Barton could violate a 2015 Texas law banning so-called "revenge porn", which is the portrayal of another person's intimate body parts and distributing the images without consent.

He adds, "I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days".

She also shared with The Post a secretly recorded telephone conversation with Barton in 2015 in which he warned her against using the material "in a way that would negatively affect my career".

The woman reportedly had been in contact with Barton for five years, beginning in 2011, after she published a message on his Facebook page, The Post said. "Right now" and a couple other words that I'll let you Google for yourself. The voicemail for his office in Washington was full.

On Wednesday, Barton said in a statement that Capitol Police would launch an investigation into the incident.

Barton, the longest serving member of the Texas House delegation, had announced plans to seek re-election to Congress earlier this month. Sarah Dodd of Dodd Communications, who is helping Barton respond to the image, confirmed that the image is of him. He was the committee's chairman from 2004 to 2007.

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