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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. - A special grand jury has indicted attorney and Virginia State Del. Joe Morrissey (D - Henrico) on five charges including supervisory indecent liberties with a minor, electronic solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The nine member grand jury met four times in the past month -- indicting Morrissey Monday after an hour of deliberations.

If convicted on all charges, Morrissey could face up to 30 years in prison according to Special Prosecutor William Neely.
Neely was appointed after Henrico prosecutors found themselves in a conflict of interest.

The indictment says the investigation began following the alleged victim's father contacting police around 11 pm on 8/23/13.

It also states that the victim lied about her age in order to work at Morrissey's law office initially but that Morrissey quickly discovered she was actually underage.

Morrissey is accused in the Bill of Particulars of having sex with the girl in his office on multiple occasions.

"Did sexual penetration occur?" CBS 6 reporter Joe St. George asked.

"It would seem that way from the evidence yes," Neely said.

According to the papers, Morrissey is alleged to have sent text messages to the alleged victim confirming their "sexual liaison" while also requesting a nude photograph be sent "to help him fantasize about their next encounter."

The indictment papers state the victim then sent Morrissey a photograph which he then transmitted to a friend.

The papers ---which were handed out following the grand jury deliberation --- also state that Morrissey was seen in public with the girl as recently as this past May and that he helped her purchase a new car.

The papers state that the victim "remains under the influence of the Defendant."

CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone said electronic data will be tough for Morrissey to combat but that the charge that he had sex with the girl may be easier to refute since the girl's attorney has repeatedly said nothing illegal occurred.

"Clearly the lawyer for the victim in the case has indicated nothing happened and I think that is part of the prosecutors problem that they have a reluctant witness," Stone said.

William Neely responded to accusations that he is out for "Morrissey revenge" since he voted to disbar him years ago.

"I am just doing my job, I have no bias against Mr. Morrissey one way or another," Neely said.

Nelly also said that accusations that Morrissey's phone was hacked are also inaccurate.

Morrissey's attorneys maintained their client's innocence during a news conference Monday afternoon.

“This is the first time in the history of the commonwealth that we are aware of a person being indicted for an offense that the alleged victim and her family plainly stated did not occur,” attorney Amy Austin said. "The evidence will show that Delegate Morrissey never solicited, possessed, or distributed and any pornographic images." [BONUS: Watch the complete news conference in the below video player.]

"I appreciate the service of the Grand Jury and the seriousness with which they and Spotsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mr. Bill Neely, approached this matter," Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor said in a statement. "I am confident that, going forward, the same seriousness of purpose will prevail and the justice system will do its job, whatever its determination."

The indictment comes one year after an investigation began into Morrissey, 56, and an alleged relationship with a 17-year-old law firm employee. The employee, now 18, has maintained nothing inappropriate nor illegal happened between them.

“It is indefensible that the prosecutor would spend nine months and hundreds of thousands of  taxpayer dollars investigating a crime, that according to my client, never occurred,” the female employee's attorney Sherri Thaxton said earlier this month.

Police began investigating last August when the 17-year-old girl's father called police and said his daughter was at the delegate’s home.

A lawyer for the teen’s mother said the girl was at Morrissey’s house discussing a highly sensitive personal and legal matter. The lawyer said the teen had her mother’s permission to be there.

Morrissey served as Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney in the 1990s. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2007.

Depend on CBS 6 News and WTVR.com for updates on this developing story. 


    • Norma Jean

      You are disgusting. Many fine people throughout the years were lawyers, politicians, and fine human beings. “Bottom Feeder”, take a look in the mirror Robbie.

    • Mo Fiscal conservatism

      “Bottom feeder”? What exactly do you do for a living that’s so much better? Also, not all lawyers chase ambulances and take advantage of poor people. Actually, most of them look for higher income clients. And politicians? Did you get your education on an online chat room or something?

      • athynz

        While there are some sleezeball ambulance chasing scumbags and some who aspire to and receive due respect for their integrity in the legal field Morrissey is one of the former rather than the latter. Admit it – there is something hinkey about this whole thing with the girl.

  • John

    Joe Morrissey has gotten away with so many things in his career. If he can get out of this jam, he should be as famous as Houdini.

  • Bev

    Bottom line, if he has naked pics of her on his phone or PC, then he is Busted and there is NO WAY OUT!


    Having worked for lawyers, there are some good ones, but most are the lowest of low.. I just recently had a dealing with an attorney who after 17 months being told i had a good case against the family of my husband who stole everything in our house even my stuff by his children and ex-wife and buried my husband without my knowledge.. My husband and i were seperated but still working on our marriage when he had a massive heart attack while i was out of town.. The day of the hearing he abandoned me/ walked out of the court saying i was hard to deal with because i would not settle the case, and Judge Balfour allowed it to happen.. Because i refused to settle for $3000.00 2-days before the hearing.. I was not even allowed to say anything in court once he walked out.. The Judge ruled for the other side cause i was without counsel.. I am sorry to say but i have no respect or trust for lawyers today..

  • Ron Melancon

    Fighting Joe got his hands caught in the cookie jar. We have the gift governor and now we have fighting Joe caught in the cookie jar.. And these politicians make laws for us?

      • Russell

        We have Gov Rolex ; his wife Payment mrs McDonnell, the grifter college student Mcd kids that rip off the Gov kitchen and Chef tell. Now for spite republican prosecutor pulls this rabbit out the hat with little “basis in facts” to try to shift the summer conversations about the real story our former on the take Governor. These charges on Morrisey are inflated bunch of hot air,the girl ADMITTED she LIED about her age to get the job. End of story….. Who lied in the McDonnell household ? All of them and for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

        Do the taxpayers of Virgina care whom joe Morrisey has on his staff…No. However we do care about what Gov Rolex was doing …get the prosecutors riled up for that case..

  • Back in the day...

    Years ago I had an aquaintance who dated him while she was cheating on her ill husband, they were huge into Coke. When she introduced him to me all he did was look at my chest. I also knew someone that was working for a company doing a bathroom renovation for him and he had mirrors and a TV/VCR installed in his shower. Nevermind all the things you can find of past crimes of his online. How did people forget all he did and elect that sleeze? As for the girl I think she just doesn’t want to be another Monica Lewinsky.
    He is sick.

  • Joe

    This fine gentleman has been nothing but a scumbag throughout his career. Hopefully, this is the one that will finally take him out and get him out of the public arena.

    • John

      This is one situation Mr. Goldman won’t share his opinion. He can forecast every other downfall for public figures and elections, but couldn’t see this one in his own office. Can’t see the forest for the trees.

    • Joe

      A set-up???? Get real Spaz….I guess someone datestamped and planted those text messages on both his and the victim’s personal cell phone?

  • Jay

    Prosecutor seems too anxious to get Joe. How much Henrico tax $ has he spent chasing these charges? Smells like politico games.

  • Sum Ting Wong

    Girl lies about her age and he gets into trouble! Amazing! Also she was 17….hardly a minor. If he is convicted I will file a case against all the girls I banged that were over 18 when I was 16 and 17 years old! Freaking retarded no good for anything fat old scum bag losers with old nasty crusty wives! Send letters and protest and fight for JOE M! They are just jealous porn watching closet but eaters!

    • Jay

      Well, I was just going to post regarding whether she was an emancipated 17 year old. Plenty of them in the USA. If we can prosecute a 15 year old as an adult for murder, a 17 year old adult-acting woman should be able to screw whoever she chooses without Daddy’s approval.

    • athynz

      Sum Ting Wong indeed if you think it’s okay for an employer to have that kind of relationship with an employee. But whatever flaots Smokin’ Joe’s boat right?

      • Troll

        athynz you don’t know the facts about this incident, and are familiar with only a small bit of what you read online or the news. If you had any brains you would know it’s “Fighting Joe” not smokin Joe. You are not wise enough, or moral enough, to judge anyone. Especially your superiors, which are most anyone except manalishi. You are definitely far beneath the likes of Joe Morrissey. Grow up and then get a life. Shyt for brains.

      • athynz

        LOL!!! The troll David amuses me once more!

        athynz you don’t know the facts about this incident, and are familiar with only a small bit of what you read online or the news.”

        If you have any other information about this case then by all means enlighten us or shut it.

        “If you had any brains you would know it’s “Fighting Joe” not smokin Joe.”

        Wow – you are actually right about the nickname so my apologies to Smokin’ Joe Frazier and his family for mistakenly associating his nickname with such a person. About the brains I’ve already proven you wrong time and time again. At least man up and admit when you are wrong. Wait, you are incapable of manning up in any way, shape, or form.

        “You are not wise enough, or moral enough, to judge anyone.”

        This wasn’t a judgment call – it’s wrong legally and morally for an employer to be involved with an employee. If you had a modicum of intelligence you’d know this. So take your own advice David and stop with the judgment calls as you fail with them every single time.

        “Especially your superiors, which are most anyone except manalishi. You are definitely far beneath the likes of Joe Morrissey. Grow up and then get a life.”

        You assume much and know very little. You’d be best served by shutting your trap and listening to your betters rather than yapping at them. Of course oh-so-brave keyboard warrior you are always free to take up my invite to meet over a cup of coffee in a public place and say all of this to me. I have no problems doing the same.

        “Shyt for brains.”

        The signature at the end of your post is a nice touch but it’s not necessary as we already know this about you.

      • Back in the day...

        Amen athynz! Troll…..did you bother to read what I KNOW to be true, not what little YOU read online.

  • manalishi

    Democrat, lawyer, politician, that steals the innocence from children,,,this is the foundation of the democrat party. I wonder if he took the piggy bank too?

      • athynz

        Is this all you can do – yap at your betters and sling insults like a monkey slings it’s own poo? Come on David comment on the article for once instead of just being a oh-so-brave keyboard warrior… wait, being able to actually do that would require intelligence and maturity which are two qualities you sorely lack. Did Fighting Joe take your innocence?

      • Troll

        There you go stalking me again. Whaaa, whaaa, whaaa. Do you stay on the internet 24/7 like your lover manalishi?

      • athynz

        Let’s see – you comment on almost every single post I make, you bring up my name on articles I haven’t commented on, you talk to me like you know me… yeah you are a creepy stalker boy David.

        What are you trying to accomplish here? I’m not going anywhere despite your whining about me being on here, I’ve proven you wrong time and time again, you have no credibility, you lack the intelligence to do anything else other than troll and insult people, you don’t ever comment on the article so why are you here?

  • Russell

    The FBI and Hoover also chased down and accused Nobel prize winner Rev dr Martin Luther King of many things .They accused MLK of adultery and other things and prosecutors jailed him many times. his faith did not break! Whose monument do you see on the MALL in D C ? It sure isn’t the prosecutors….and Thank God it’s not sweet boy Hoovers’s. Hang in there JM it’s your Georgetown LAW Degree they fear.

  • Trina

    Joe needs Hillary.
    In 1975, the same year she married Bill, Hillary Clinton agreed to serve as the court-appointed attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor, a 41-year-old accused of raping the child after luring her into a car.

    The recordings, which date from 1983-1987 and have never before been reported, include Clinton’s suggestion that she knew Taylor was guilty at the time. She says she used a legal technicality to plead her client, who faced 30 years to life in prison, down to a lesser charge.

  • LaVerne Amelia Coleman White

    You know they have been after Joe Morrissey for years, they finally think they have finally got something on him, why not ask the 17 year olds father why she was permitted to over their in the first, why as a parent was she dropped off, why didn’t you or a family stay with her, why was she left unsupervised, there are a lot of “Whys”, I say let’s get to the bottom of this??????!!!!!!!!

    • athynz

      Her father was not the one who dropped her off – it was his ex-wife, the mother of the girl, who did so. That was covered when this first came to light. IIRC they had joint custody.

  • san

    So what’s the deal….It’s not allowed in Henrico but is in Dinwiddie……A 16 yr old girl with her baby daddy living in her home with her mother and reported to CPS, nothing done. This girl was not pregnant when first reported. Now the 16 year old is with baby daddy in his mother’s home and she’s a Dinwiddie school teacher. CPS notified and nothing done again. A gentleman reported this to a social worker he knew and asked for hotline number to CPS and Social Services and she never got back to him. HUMMMM So Joe is a well known name, he gets prosecuted but another 16, 18, and new baby on the system is just fine and not prosecuted. Seems the Dinwiddie CPS thinks the non-custodial father is supposed to handle their jobs for them….It’s working…..Taxpayers, please remember who you vote for when election time comes along. The “Good Ole Boys” need a shake up from the Top Dog to the lowest level….

      • Troll

        Why would you say “well put” to anyone unless it is to label the comment as ignorant? But you aren’t smart enough to understand that.

      • athynz

        Troll – to use your astounding logic – very well put. Extremely well put indeed as are all of your posts no matter if post under Troll, David, Mary M, or others… and according to your logic we plug in the word “ignorant” in place of “well put” and there you go – it’s very accurate when applied to you. Enjoy.

        Why would you say “well put” to anyone unless it is to label the comment as ignorant? But you aren’t smart enough to understand that.

        JULY 1, 2014 AT 1:22 AM

  • sammy

    Is it just me or does Richmond’s biggest Narcissist look like a cross between Rohm Emmanuel and Anthony Weinerr?? Just sayin?!?!!??!

  • Jen

    Hmm…let’s see what happens in Henrico…seems if you have money you there’s a plea bargain with minimal charges …i.e. look at the recent case of Todd Attkisson…its just not right…

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