Republican Lawmaker Who Sexted Teen Boy Issues Video Response, Apologizes But Doesn’t...

Republican Lawmaker Who Sexted Teen Boy Issues Video Response, Apologizes But Doesn’t Come Out

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Mike Yenni

One week after Mike Yenni, a local conservative politician from Louisiana, was outed for sexting with a 17-year-old boy, he is finally breaking his silence.

Yenni has been keeping a low profile since the scandal erupted. Until last night, that is, when he aired a commercial during the 10 p.m. newscasts on several local TV stations addressing the story.

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In the commercial, Yenni apologizes for his actions and assures people he never “abused or misused my powers as a public official.” He stops just short of resigning from his post at Jefferson Parish President or coming out as gay or bisexual.

“Last summer I was old enough to know better, but I guess I was still young enough to do something stupid,” 40-year-old Yenni says. “I chose to send improper texts to a young man.”

By “improper,” of course, he means sexting with a 17-year-old Catholic school boy who he met at a senior graduation luncheon and asking the youth to take pictures of himself modeling in a pair of $75 designer underpants.

In the video, Yenni says he would not go into details about the texts out of respect for the privacy of “all parties.”

“I made a bad decision,” he continues. “I regret my actions. I apologize to the families involved, and anyone who I embarrassed, especially my own family and the people of Jefferson.”

He goes on to say he will work extra hard “every day to prove that good people can rise from a bad decision.”

“I’m certainly not afraid of the future,” Yenni promises, “because I’m smart enough to never repeat the past.”

Watch Yenni’s response below:

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