Joseph D. Morrissey, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, is under investigation for allegedly having a relationship with a teenage girl. But the girl’s attorney denied those claims, saying she was at the politician’s home to talk about a “sensitive and personal legal matter.”
Morrissey, a 56-year-old Democrat who represents Henrico County near Richmond in the House of Delegates, allegedly was with a 17-year-old girl when officers arrived at his home in Glen Allen Friday night, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The girl was then taken to her father. Authorities declined to say why they were called or what Morrissey’s connection to the girl was.
But an attorney for the 17-year-old identified her as a receptionist in Morrissey’s office.
Robert E. Walker Jr., the attorney, told the paper the girl’s mother knew where she was and approved of the reason she was at Morrissey’s home. He said the girl was there to discuss a “personal and sensitive legal matter” with him.
"My client's privacy and her daughter's have been violated and she is upset," Walker told the Times-Dispatch. "There is no story here."
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Morrissey declined to comment about the matter to WTVR when the Richmond television station caught up with him Wednesday.
“Didn’t know anything about it,” he said of the investigation. “Wish I could help you.”
Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor confirmed that Morrissey was under investigation, but didn’t disclose what the probe was about because the case involves a juvenile. No charges have been filed against Morrissey.
Morrissey's bio on the Virignia House of Delegates website lists him as a Catholic. He sits on the Health Welfare and Institutions, Education, and Privileges and Elections committees.