WASHINGTON – Five participants have been kicked out of the coveted House of Representatives page program for youths on Capitol Hill over alleged incidents involving sexual misconduct, shoplifting and fighting.
House officials say the incidents did not involve members of Congress, and comes a little more than one year after then-Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., resigned from the House after a scandal involving him and messages to pages.
Now two lawmakers have resigned from the page oversight board in protest of the latest problems. The House Page Board oversees about 70 pages who are high school juniors from around the country. They assist lawmakers in message delivery and other tasks in the House. The Senate has its own page program, and it is not under scrutiny.
The new troubles have arisen in the past three months, sources tell FOX News.
In one instance, two pages were caught having oral sex in an elevator in the page dorm, one-half mile south of the Capitol, according to two sources.
In the other incident, two pages were caught shoplifting at the Pentagon City mall across the District of Columbia line in Virginia, sometime in October or November. According to one source, these two pages had enough stolen items they could have faced felony charges.
The fifth page was dismissed for anger management issues, sources said, due to a number of altercations on the House floor, including a fist fight.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday issued a statement calling for an immediate review of the policies by the House page board.
"Since enacting our bipartisan reforms unanimously in January, the House enforces a zero tolerance policy for page misconduct. That is why the House pages involved in each of these serious incidents were immediately expelled and sent home," Pelosi said.
"The House Page Board must undertake an immediate and thorough review of the adequacy of the supervision and security at the page dorm. As a mother and a grandmother, nothing is more important to me than the safety and security of our House pages."
The information follows the resignation Thursday and Friday of two Republican lawmakers sitting on the House board that oversees the page program, Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia.
Thursday, Brown-Waite told FOX News that she did not believe the program was being properly supervised.
"I had a continuous feeling of the lack of supervision of the pages this year," Brown-Waite said, adding: "I just wasn't comfortable with what was going on in the page dorms. I resigned to send a loud and clear message to Nancy Pelosi: It's broken and she needs to fix it."
She said that others in the page program did not feel comfortable talking to the dorm director about problems there, and "They had to be shocked; they absolutely had to be shocked."
Brown-Waite also warned others about sending their children to the program in its current shape.
"I today would not allow my children if they were of age to come up and be a page," she said.
Friday, House Clerk Lorraine Miller -- who ultimately is in charge of the program -- issued a statement defending the standing policies for the page program, and acknowledged that Brown-Waite was not informed immediately about one incident involving a page over a weekend. Miller said Brown-Waite was notified about the incident -- which she did not clarify -- on the next business day.
"Our unprecedented seven page board meetings have been extremely constructive and informative and we have received substantive input from attending members. That input has helped to further shape the program and has contributed to our expanded oversight and greater accountability.
"I regret that Rep. Brown-Waite does not feel that these forums offered the opportunity to present her concerns and the insight that she has received from her discussions with parents and pages."
Miller also had issued a statement on Thursday following Brown-Waite's resignation from the board noting improvements to the board's procedures made in the wake of Foley's resignation.
Foley abruptly resigned from Congress in late September 2006 and entered an alcohol rehabilitation center in Florida after explicit e-mails and computer instant messages between him and congressional male pages surfaced.
FOX News' Molly Hooper and Mike Majchrowitz contributed to this report.