GRETNA, La. (WGNO) – Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni will address the Jefferson Parish council for the first time since admitting to sending inappropriate texts to a 17-year-old, according to the agenda for today’s Parish Council meeting,
The council, along with Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and several other public officials, have called for Yenni’s resignation in the wake of the admission. A Metairie lawyer has filed a petition to recall the embattled parish president.
Yenni admitted to exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a teenager in 2015 while he was the mayor of Kenner. He’s also been accused of offering the boy a job at the mayor’s office so they could spend more time together. The FBI has confirmed that it is investigating the text messages.
Although 17 is the legal age for sexual consent in Louisiana, there is a federal law that prohibits suggestive text messages to persons who are under the age of 18.
The organization spearheading the effort to recall Yenni is asking Jefferson Parish residents to also come to today’s meeting and urge the council to take action against him.
That is expected to come at the end of today’s meeting when public comment is allowed.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m. in the West Bank council chambers on the 2nd floor of the parish government building at 200 Derbigny Street in Gretna.
Here’s Yenni’s video response to the allegations: