RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY and AP) – Hours after state delegate Joe Morrissey handed in his resignation amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a teen, WAVY.com has learned he violated the terms of his work release, according to Henrico County deputies.
That means Morrissey has to stay in jail until he is in front of a judge at an institutional hearing because he did not notify his supervisors of his intent to campaign in front of a supermarket, NBC 12 is reporting. The delegate started campaigning hours after he resigned from his seat.
The delegate from Henrico sent his resignation letter to the house of delegates clerk Thursday morning.
Morrissey was sentenced to 12 months in jail with six suspended but will ultimately serve three months, according to one of his attorneys. He is in a work-release program that allowed him to work as a legislator and lawyer by day while spending nights in a Henrico County jail.
Morrissey’s own caucus and several other high profile Democrats have called on him to step down after he entered an Alford plea last week in Henrico County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a conviction but doesn’t admit guilt.
According to prosecutors, Morrissey and a 17-year-old girl, who worked for him as a receptionist, had sex multiple times at his law office in August 2013 and texted their friends about it. Morrissey, 57, also procured a nude photo of the teen “to help him fantasize about their next encounter,” according to special prosecutor William Neely, and sent the picture to a friend.
Morrissey has vehemently denied the allegations and claimed his cellphone was hacked.