HERNANDO, MS (WMC) - A nude photo the mayor of Hernando wanted to be kept private is now public, all because the woman he texted it to made it public. She sent it to some of the Hernando aldermen.
Mayor Chip Johnson said he wishes it never happened.
"I wish it had not been sent obviously," Johnson said. "Of course it was something very stupid that should not have been done. I guess I'm paying the price."
The photo was taken in the shower.
"It's between two consenting adults and it was something that was meant to remain private. Obviously, it is not anymore," Johnson said.
Mayor Johnson sent the photo to a woman in Little Roch he was dating. We are told the mayor is going through a divorce.
The photo was sent the day after Christmas to some of the Hernando aldermen with the message "your mayor."
Johnson said he trusted the woman.
"There are just probably some things you should not trust. Obviously this is one of them," Johnson said.
WMC Action News 5's Janice Broach talked with the woman by phone. She said she did not want to talk about it and to let the mayor talk.
People in Hernando were surprised by the photo.
"Outrageous to me. Blows my mind," one resident said.
"He shouldn't do anything like that in an office like that," another said.
Johnson said while he regrets the photo, it has nothing to do with his job as mayor of Hernando.
"Obviously this was something very private and personal with me. This has nothing to do with the city of Hernando. It does not interfere with my job. I govern this city everyday," Johnson said.