Republican politician Mike Yenni, President of Jefferson Parish, the largest in Louisiana, has admitted in a public video to sending "improper texts" to a 17-year-old boy last summer.
Yenni, who's married to a woman and has a 3-year-old daughter, is currently under FBI investigation, but since 17 is the age of consent in Louisiana, he has yet to be charged.
Yenni and the teen met at a school function and were introduced by a friend, who was 19 at the time, Towleroadreports.
Speaking with WWL-TV, the teen, who is openly gay and now 19 and in college, explained that he had been at first flattered by the attention--Yenni was mayor of Kenner, LA at the time--but weeks after the flirtation began, he blocked Yenni's number because he began to feel uncomfortable.
"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."
Yenni also reportedly came to see the boy at his job at a mall food court, where the two kissed in a bathroom, and Yenni gave the teen a pair of designer underwear.
Even if the two had had sex, which according to all accounts did not happen, Yenni would not have done anything illegal. However, FBI agents are looking into a potential obscenity charge; in Louisiana that constitutes "the transmission of any comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image, or other communication which is obscene or child pornography, knowing that the recipient of the communication is under 18 years of age, regardless of whether the maker of such communication placed the call or initiated the communication."