July 16, 2007
Reported by Associated Press
Senator David Vitter has scheduled his first public appearance since acknowledging "a very serious sin" a week ago when his telephone number was linked to a Washington escort service accused by federal authorities of being a prostitution ring.
Vitter will appear today at 5pm in Metairie, where he was to issue a statement. It's unclear whether he will take questions.
On Monday night of last week, Vitter apologized for committing a "very serious sin in my past," acknowledging that his Washington phone number was among those called several years ago by an escort service that prosecutors say was a prostitution operation. Telephone records show that the service called Vitter's number five times from 1999 to 2001, while he was a U.S. House member.
He has not made a public appearance or elaborated on that statement since. His office issued a statement yesterday saying he would return to Washington for votes in the Senate but did not say when.