WASHINGTON (AP) - A Southwest Florida congressman has been charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession in Washington.
District of Columbia Superior Court records show charges against Congressman Henry "Trey" Radel were filed Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington says the cocaine possession charge, a misdemeanor, carries a statutory maximum of 6 months in prison and a fine of $1,000. He was arrested on Oct. 29 according to court records.
Radel, 37, represents the 19th District of Florida, which includes Cape Coral, Fort Myers and Naples. He was a radio host before becoming a congressman.
The Republican was elected in 2012.
Radel released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:
"I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida. I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.
"In facing this charge, I realize the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions.
"However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.
"Please keep my family in your prayers."
Radel is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.
Sources: Associated Press and the Office of Congressman Trey Radel