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Louisiana Republican official Mike Yenni admitted last week that he carried on a sexting relationship with a 17-year-old boy, but claims that he isn’t gay or had contact with the teen. Yenni, a Parish President in the state, came forth to clear his name after the teen, now 19, shared details about their encounters in a blog post.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni sat down with local outlet WVUE last week and admitted to having an inappropriate relationship with the unnamed teen and insisted that he didn’t have romantic feelings or intimate contact with him. In an interview with the station’s Lee Zurik, Yenni explained his side of the situation.

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ZURIK: SO THEN WHY… I MEAN, WHAT ARE YOU SENDING THE TEXTS, EXPLICIT MESSAGES TO A 17-YEAR-OLD FOR, THEN?

YENNI: Like I said Lee, a stupid decision. A stupid decision to send a text to, in my opinion, another consenting adult, that we had…. We had some off-color texts.

ZURIK: DID YOU MEAN WHAT YOU WROTE?

YENNI: Probably not, because nothing was acted upon. You know, there was… there was no sex, you know? Everybody thinks, oh, something sexual happened. But there was no sex. They think these things… they think things were acted upon. They think there was, you know…. this was over a period, you know, the total time frame, probably less than two weeks. And if you had to get down to it, off and on, probably less than four days.

ZURIK: SO, IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO ACT OUT ON IT, WHY DO IT?

YENNI: Exactly what I ask myself every day.

The entire interview can be viewed below.

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