According to the New Orleans Advocate, a Louisiana parish president claims that although he sent sexts to a then-17-year-old boy and bought him a pair of sexy designer underwear as a “graduation present,” he was only “playing along” with him and never had sexual contact with him.
Republican Mike Yenni described his relationship with the teen from his alma mater Jesuit high School as a “lapse in judgment” and insisted that the push for his resignation is politically motivated.
“I can’t explain why I did it,” the married Yenni told New Orleans’ Fox 8 News. He insists that a lot of the details the boy described in a 2015 blog post about the relationship were not true and that he never had sexual contact with the student other than a kiss. He also denies grooming the teen for sexual relationship.
When asked why he exchanged sexual texts with the boy, “I can’t…I really can’t answer it,” said Yenni. “I mean, it was just…it was a stupid action. It was a stupid action to even get into this form of text messaging. It was something…something that I can’t explain why I did it.”
The two met at a Jesuit High School function and soon started exchanging sexually suggestive messages. After the teen graduated, Yenni visited him at his job and gave him a par of underwear as a gift. Although they kissed, Yenni claims that no other contact ever occurred.
A year after the incident, the teen published details of the affair and was picked up by what Yenni refers to as a “tabloid.” He refused to talk about the accusations because “The story was written for a monetary purpose, to win a prize. There are a ton of fictional elements in that story.”
“I apologized for what I did wrong,” he said. “I text-messaged.”
Yenni accuses his critics, like attorney Robert Evans, of exploiting his mistake for political gain.
“Like, in other words, what he’s trying to say in his pleadings, ‘He is a pedophile, he is an admitted homosexual,’” Yenni said. “And that is not true. I’ve never admitted that. It doesn’t define me either.”