Grand jury indicts Del. Rick Morris on more charges

Delegate Rick Morris (Photo: City of Suffolk)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Del. Richard Morris (R — 64th District) turned himself in to police Tuesday following a recent indictment against him on a child cruelty charge, according to Suffolk police.

Morris was indicted on a single child cruelty charge Monday by a grand jury. He is now facing two counts each of assault and battery of a family member and child cruelty.

In September 2016, Morris was charged with seven felonies and seven misdemeanors in connection to alleged domestic incidents. During a preliminary hearing in December, a judge dismissed six of the seven felony charges against him. The single felony charge was certified to the grand jury.

The charge involves an incident on Sept. 16, 2016, when Morris’ stepson alleges he was hit with a belt.

The seven misdemeanors against Morris were nolle prossed, meaning the charges were withdrawn, but it is possible that they can be brought back at a later time.

Police say Morris was released on a $1,500 unsecured bond.

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