Virginia Dem Pol Indicted for Having Sex With 17-Year-Old Girl

Joseph Morrisey
(timesdispatch.com)

Democratic Virginia Del. Joseph Morrissey’s wild ways may be coming to an end – at least among the free. The anti-gun politician who brandished an AK-47 during a floor debate, the trial lawyer who got into a fistfight in the courthouse, and the father of four has been indicted for having sex with a 17-year-old girl and soliciting pornographic images.

The Times Dispatch reports:

A special grand jury charged Monday that Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, D-Henrico, had sex with a minor and solicited pornographic images of the 17-year-old law office receptionist.

Morrissey, 56, was booked Monday evening at the Henrico County jail and released on a $50,000 bond. He was expected to make an initial appearance in Henrico County Circuit Court this morning.

The charges — four felonies and a misdemeanor that together carry up to 41 years in prison — represent a new threat not only to Morrissey’s freedom but a renewed attack on his personal conduct and his suitability to practice law in Virginia.

Those matters are not likely to be resolved until Morrissey is tried by a special prosecutor, Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney William Neely, who described him more than three years ago as a man who “completely lacks any moral compass,” is dismissive of the truth and who utilizes “notoriously unethical practices.”

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