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GOP senator criticized illicit sex just before attempted shakedown over his affair with intern

Staff Report • Jul 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Commercial Appeal is reporting that a Memphis Planned Parenthood executive said that when she met with state Sen. Paul Stanley during a Nashville lobbying visit in April, he told her he would not support the organization's work and "didn't believe young people should have sex before marriage."The next morning, according to courtroom testimony and documents, the married senator became the target of a $10,000 extortion attempt revolving around a "sexual relationship" with a 22-year-old legislative intern.The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charged the intern's boyfriend at the time, Joel Palmer Watts, 27, with extortion on April 9 after Stanley, 47, went to the TBI for help saying he was being blackmailed to pay for explicit photographs and video involving the young woman, McKensie Morrison.Stanley worked with the TBI on April 8 and 9 to set up a payoff meeting and Watts was arrested after the exchange, according to the TBI. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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