Va. lawmaker indicted on charges related to teen

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey. Courtesy Commonwealth of Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislator has been indicted on charges that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenage girl.

The charges by a special Henrico County grand jury against House delegate Joe Morrissey include sexual abuse of a minor and possession of sexually explicit images of a minor.

The 56-year-old Democrat is a former Richmond prosecutor. He has served in the House of Delegates since 2008.

The grand jury was convened after a man called police last August to check on the welfare of his 17-year-old daughter, who was found with Morrissey at his Henrico County home.

Morrissey’s attorney, Anthony Troy, said at the time that the girl worked in Morrissey’s law office and the two had a professional relationship. Troy did not immediately return a telephone message Monday.

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