Delegate Joe Morrissey sentenced to jail after entering plea to reduced charges in case involving teen staffer

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WTVR.com

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Virginia State Delegate Joe Morrissey (D – Henrico) will serve six months in jail after he entered an Alford plea in Henrico Court on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. By entering an Alford plea, Morrissey did not admit he broke the law, but did admit there was enough evidence to convict him.

The plea came days before Morrissey was to go on trial on charges of taking indecent liberties with a minor and possession of child pornography. The charges stemmed from allegations Morrissey was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old member of his legal staff.

Following a July court hearing, Morrissey claimed both his cell phone and the teenager’s cell phone were hacked by…

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