Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni was absent from the parish council meeting in Kenner Wednesday.
The council meeting was the first public meeting at which Yenni was expected to appear since allegations surfaced in a WWL-TV story that the FBI is looking into whether he may have sent sexually explicit texts to a 17-year-old.
Chief Operating Officer Keith Conley read a statement, saying that in an effort to allow this council to conduct its business without disruption Parish President Yenni will postpone addressing the public on the allegations made against him... The parish president continued his regular office schedule and will address the allegations against him later this week."
The statement said Yenni didn't attend the meeting because his presence would have been a distraction.
The texts were allegedly sent to a 17-year-old whom Yenni first noticed at a high school function in 2015, in the middle of Yenni’s campaign for parish president, which he ultimately won.
While he hasn't been charged with a crime, five people at the council meeting called for Yenni to resign.
"In light of the recent news stories concerning former Kenner Mayor and current Parish President Mike Yenni, Citizens for a Better Kenner suggest this council request his immediate resignation," said Richard Brown.
Brown was one of five people who spoke at the meeting calling for Yenni to resign.
Staci Alessandro, a mother of two boys, said as well, "What is he hiding? And why is he in hiding?"
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