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Joe Morrissey investigation: mother says delegate did nothing wrong

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The mother of a teenager wrapped up in an investigation with a Virginia state delegate clarified what exactly went on late last week.

Henricio county police opened an investigation into delegate Joe Morrissey after the father of a 17-year-old girl called police to have them go get the girl from Morrissey's house.

Through her attorney, the girl's mother said she knew her daughter was at Morrissey's house and that the delegate did nothing inappropriate during the visit. The girl is a part-time receptionist at Morrissey's law firm.

"Last Friday evening, with the permission, blessing and approval, and full knowledge of her mother, the young lady went to Mr. Morrissey's house to discuss a very sensitive, both personal and legal matter," the mother's attorney Ron Walker said.

The 55-year-old Morrissey represents the state's 74th district, which includes the cities of Richmond and Hopewell, Charles City County and parts of Henrico and Prince George Counties. Before his election to the House of Delegates, Morrissey was the Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney from 1989-1993.

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