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Virginia Lawmaker Previously Jailed For Sex Scandal Involving Minor Wins Election

A Virginia lawmaker jailed after being accused of having sex with a minor won his election this week for a state Senate seat.

Joseph Morrissey resigned as a delegate in December after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, avoiding felony charges including possession of child pornography, indecent liberties with a minor, and electronic solicitation of a minor.

The girl was 17.

Morrissey entered an Alford plea, “acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence for a conviction,” reported WSET.

Morrissey won the same delegate back in Jan. 2015, winning the election even though he was still in jail.

But he lost a race for the mayor of Richmond in 2016 and saw his law license get revoked last year.

Morrissey ran for a state Senate seat as a Democrat in this election and won the general election with about 64 percent of the vote. He had run as an Independent in the delegate race against a Democrat and a Republican.

Independent Waylin Ross garnered most of the rest of the votes on Nov. 5. No Republican candidate vied for the seat, which represents District 16.

The minor Morrissey was involved with was a secretary at his law firm. Morrissey wed the woman, Myrna Warren, in 2016, and they have multiple children together.

According to court documents, the pair met at his house in Aug. 2013 about the failure of her father Coleman Pride in making payments into a college fund. Morrissey faced perjury charges, but those were dismissed by a judge who said the plea bargain barred subsequent charges on any actions preceding when the plea was entered into the record.

The dismissal of the charges enabled Morrissey to run for the seat he resigned from.

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Voters cast ballots in the gym at York High School in Virginia on Nov. 5, 2019. (Rob Ostermaier/The Daily Press via AP)

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