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TBI Denies Stanley Claims That Mistress Faces Charges

Paul Stanley Paul Stanley
McKensie Morrison McKensie Morrison
Joel Watts Joel Watts

Could state Sen. Paul Stanley's former intern and mistress face criminal charges?

He says yes, and he doesn't seem to have any problem with it.

It comes the day after the Memphis Republican turned in his resignation. The affair was revealed after NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered an extortion case involving Stanley.

But our chief investigative reporter Phil Williams discovered that the senator's suspicions still may not lead to criminal charges.

"I'm going to pay the consequence for this action. I will pay it -- most likely in my marriage," Stanley said during an interview with Memphis station WMC-TV.

The 47-year-old senator accepted responsibility for his adultery -- an affair with his 22-year-old intern, McKensie Morrison.

"It was pretty short term," Stanley said. "But it ended with an extortion attempt on me."

The TBI says Stanley was being threatened with a disk of sexually explicit photos of Morrison in his apartment. Prosecutors plan to seek the indictment of her 27-year-old former boyfriend, Joel Watts, on extortion charges.

"And, maybe, the arrest and indictment of another," the senator added.

"Would that be McKensie?" asked the WMC reporter.

"There's a possibility that could be the case. I have left that up to the authorities. Obviously, that is not my decision."

In an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5 Investigates, Watts insisted Morrison wasn't involved. "As far as her knowing of anything, no, no -- no comment from there on. But no."

Still, in a sworn affidavit, the TBI agent wrote that Watts had indeed "acknowledged Morrison was involved and aware of what was taking place. Watts claimed he and Morrison talked about the fact the memory disc could be sold to Stanley."

"What she did know, that's a difficult question," Watts told NewsChannel 5 Investigates. "This was not her idea. None of this was her idea."

In fact, the TBI did seize her cell phone. The basis, according to the affidavit, was that "[d]uring Watts' interview, he acknowledged communicating with Morrison by text message while he was waiting on Stanley to arrive with the money, including asking her if the meeting was a set-up."

And when she was interviewed, the agent wrote, "Morrison admitted Watts had sent her a text message asking the whereabouts of Stanley and what was going on. At one point, Morrison acknowledged that the meeting with Watts and Stanley was not a set-up."

But TBI's spokesperson Kristin Helm says Morrison was investigated -- and the decision was made not to pursue charges against her.

"All I can tell you is that the evidence was not there, was not sufficient to charge her at the time this investigation was underway in April," Helm said.

The TBI spokesperson also said Morrison talked to agents without a lawyer and was cooperative. She says the status of the investigation could change if someone came forward with new information, but right now there's just no case.

McKensie Morrison is the one person who still hasn't talked. Joel Watts says she's "disgusted" with Stanley. NewsChannel 5 reached out to her, but we really don't know her side.

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