A Louisiana politician has found himself under fire for allegedly sexting a male teenager two years ago.
Mike Yenni, former mayor of Kenner, Louisiana, admitted to an “improper” relationship with a 17-year-old boy in a recent TV commercial — where he also vowed to remain in office.
The married father of a 3-year-old daughter is accused of kissing the teen, who is openly gay and now 19, in a bathroom and giving him designer underwear.
Yenni is also accused of sending lewd texts, in which he allegedly suggested a threesome and asked the youth if he was wearing the underwear he gave him.
The teen was admittedly flattered by Yenni’s advances at first, but said the texts and phone conversations began to make him uncomfortable. He told WWL News:
“He asked me to go with him to his house in Oxford (Mississippi). Also, the way he would describe the sexual things he wanted to do to me. And he asked me to be a secretary or assistant in his office; that way I could be with him and not be questioned.”
After news of the relationship broke last week, the 40-year-old Republican released a video apologizing for his behavior. He said:
“Last summer, I was old enough to know better, but I guess I was still young enough to do something stupid I chose to send improper texts to a young man ├óΓé¼┬ª I made a bad decision. I regret my actions.”
The age of consent in Louisiana is 17, so Yenni would not have committed any crime if the two had consensual sex (the teen told press they did not have sex), however he could still face charges under federal law for sexting someone under the age of 18.
As of now, Yenni has not been charged, but the FBI is reportedly “aware of the allegations and are looking into it.”
Though Yenni has been pressured to resign as President of Jefferson Parish by council members, the politician maintains he’s not going anywhere because he broke no laws.
We bet he’s thankful for guys like Anthony Weiner to be around!
Do YOU think Yenni should step down from his position? Watch his apology video (below)!
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