Democratic Virginia state delegate Joseph Morrissey, who reached a plea agreement for charges relating to a sexual relationship he had with his 17-year-old office assistant, is yet to decide whether he will resign or commute to work from jail.
The 57-year-old Democratic representative for Henrico county was sentenced to 12 months in jail with 6 months suspended for charges of “contributing to the delinquency of a minor,” according to a report in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Morrissey’s lawyers say that he will be allowed to continue his work in the general assembly and his private law practice as part of a work-release program. He will drive his own car to work and authorities will monitor him through a device that will remain secured to his ankle, according to his lawyers.
The special prosecutor assigned to the case also revealed on Friday that the girl is now pregnant, and that the child is “perhaps” Morrissey’s.
However, Morrissey maintains that the allegations are false and that the evidence against him, such as naked pictures and explicit text messages, was planted by a jealous friend of the girl that hacked Morrissey’s cell phone.
I thought convicted criminals weren't allowed to hold an elective office. Shouldn't he be forced to resign?
He should be and they should have another election to fill his place. That's what I think but I really don't know how it works.
No, if your a Democrat it doesn't matter what the crime or perversion, the law doesn't pertain to them.
LET HIM GO TO NO WORK IN GOVERNMENT AND RETURN EVERY NIGHT WITH ALL THE OTHER DEMOCRATS NOT YET CONVICTED. THOSE DIRTY DISGUSTING DEMOCRATS. WHY CAN'T THEY BE LIKE THE TEA PARTY AND THE TEA PARTY HAS BABIES. DEMOCRATS HAVE NO BABIES.
Isn't the point of jailed to be "confined", not just using it as a motel?
The real meaning of "work release."
He's the ultimate liberal... taxpayer funded job. Taxpayer funded room & board (jail). Sex with a minor, surprisingly it's not a boy! These people have no morals.
Special laws for special people! Sounds like a balanced judicial system... NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How is it that a 'plea agreement' was even considered?
So if you're a State delegate....you get to arrange your sentence?
But, if not a State delegate....and just a sexual pervert going after under-age females...you go to jail?
Where is the outrage from the VA people? Or, did I miss it?
Obama is looking out for his friends.
We can rest assured this won't make the news.
what a piece of poop. he wants to suck up the money keep his job assaulting kids at Virginia's expense
Almost as bad as Bullhead City AZ. police sergeant kept his job at full pay from October until last week while being investigated for serial RAPE. resigned the day the internal investigation was completed