Joseph D. Morrissey, a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, who brandished an AK-47 assault rifle in the Virginia Capitol is in some serious trouble. No, he didn’t slam a man’s head into a brick wall, which he plead guilty to in 1999. This time it involves Morrissey allegedly having “inappropriate contact with a minor.” Bill McKelway of the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote on August 29 that the Virginia House of Delegates member:
[I]s under investigation by Henrico County police in connection with his involvement with a teenage girl from Chesterfield County.
Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor acknowledged Wednesday that Morrissey, himself a former chief prosecutor in the city of Richmond, is under investigation, but she declined to provide further comment because the matter involves a juvenile and because no charges have been brought in the case.
Sources close to the investigation said Henrico police were summoned to a residence Morrissey owns near Virginia Center Commons on Friday night and were able to locate a teen from Chesterfield. Officers took the girl to her father, who was waiting nearby.
No other details were made public Wednesday night, and Morrissey did not respond to requests for comment. His law partner, Paul Goldman, said he has not been in contact with Morrissey for two weeks, a situation he said is not uncommon because the two lawyers, who formed a partnership last year, are involved in different aspects of the law.
More details to come on this bizarre story.