Morrissey Won't Resign
Wed July 2, 2014
State Delegate Calls Allegations Baseless
Henrico Delegate Joe Morrissey says he will not resign his seat in the General Assembly following this week’s indictment that stems from his relationship with a teenager. He made the statement after a fellow Democrat, Delegate Mark Keam, had called on Morrissey to step down.
A special prosecutor assigned to the case due to Morrissey’s close ties to the Richmond area, alleges that the Delegate had a sexual relationship with a then-17-year-old girl who had worked at his law office. Court papers also allege that Morrissey texted the teen, asking for a nude photo. He then allegedly sent the photo to a friend.
The prosecutor says other text messages recovered from the two phones also indicate sexual encounters. Morrissey now faces felony charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor, electronic solicitation of a minor, and possession and distribution of child pornography. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Morrissey strongly denies the allegations and calls them baseless.
He has said that the teen lied on her employment application, indicating that she was 22. He also said a woman who is attracted to the teenager hacked their cell phones, and she has been recorded admitting to that. The teen also denies the allegations.