Yenni makes first statement since Thursday's ad, responds to Kenner councilman

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni responded to a Kenner city councilman's call to investigate his Youth Advisory Council.

The response is Yenni's first statement since he published a commercial responding to WWL-TV's report that the FBI is investigating sexually explicit texts he sent to a 17-year-old.

"I support Councilman Carroll's willingness to talk to the participants in the Youth Advisory Committee," the statement read.

Kenner city councilman and mayoral candidate Gregory Carroll released a statement Friday night saying Yenni's Youth Advisory Council should be investigated in light of his sexting scandal.

MORE: Four more JP Councilmembers, Sheriff Normand call for Yenni's resignation

Carroll joined several other politicians calling for Parish President Mike Yenni to resign Friday, but added that the sexually explicit text's Yenni admitted to sending to a 17-year-old are cause to investigate his relation with other teenagers, particularly his Youth Advisory Council.

“This board consisted of over twenty teenagers who were selected by Yenni,” Carroll said. “As more and more facts come forward, we have an obligation to make sure that there was no wrongdoing to these and any other young teens within his reach. Considering the gravity of his admitted wrongdoing, it it worth the question."

WWL-TV first reported last week that the FBI has interviewed at least four people about explicit texts Yenni sent to a 17-year-old boy he met at an event at Jesuit High School.

Yenni did not attend the next council meeting to address the allegations directly, instead opting to put out an advertisement on local news stations acknowledging that he sent "improper texts" and saying he wanted to put the issue behind him and prove himself as a leader.

He has since been deployed to Virginia as part of the Naval Reserve's hurricane recovery effort.

On Friday, all seven members of the Jefferson Parish Council along with Sheriff Newell Normand called for Yenni's resignation.

Carroll's full statement can be read below.

"Albeit it with a heavy heart, Gregory Carroll announced today that he is demanding the immediate resignation of Parish President Michael Yenni.

A Kenner Councilman for District One, Councilman Carroll served with then Mayor Micheal Yenni for his entire tenure as Kenner's then mayor.

"I can no longer sit by and remain silent after viewing Parish President Yenni's public commercial. It was clear then that these were no longer allegations, but were admitted facts.

At the time this young boy was propositioned, Mr. Yenni was the mayor of Kenner. As a Councilman in Kenner, I have a moral and ethical duty to protect our citizens.

Therefore, I plead with Mr. Yenni to resign his post, and let this parish begin to heal. 

Just as important to me as his resignation, I call upon authorities to do a full investigation into then Mayor Yenni's Youth Advisory Board.  This board consisted of over twenty teenagers who were selected by Yenni.  As more and more facts come forward, we have an obligation to make sure that there was no wrongdoing to these and any other young teens within his reach.  Considering the gravity of his admitted wrongdoing, it it worth the question."

(© 2016 WWL)


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