Virginia Democrat Jailed for Sex with Teenaged Intern Wins State Senate Primary

A Democrat politician in Virginia won his state Senate primary Tuesday despite a past sex scandal with an underage girl.

“Adding a significant new headache for Democrats was Joe Morrissey’s victory over incumbent Sen. Rosalyn Dance in a Richmond-area senate district,” said The Virginian-Pilot, confirming Morrissey’s win.

In 2014, Morrissey was indicted on charges of indecent liberties with a minor, possession and distribution of child pornography, and electronic solicitation of a minor, and a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The girl, Myrna Pride (now Myra Morrissey), was 17 at the time of the incident. After Morrissey made a plea deal in which he copped to the charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, he served three months of a 12 month prison sentence. He later married Myra in 2016, and has a child with her – one of five children by four different women. He first denied the paternity of his child with Myrna, but later admitted that the child was his.

In 2018, the Virginia State Bar revoked his law license, citing his criminal activity and “legal and ethical difficulties stretching back to the late 1980s and early 1990s, when he was Richmond’s commonwealth’s attorney.”


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