HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Delegate Joe Morrissey was at Shoppers Value on Thursday, talking with constituents asking for their votes just a few hours after announcing his resignation from the House of Representatives.
Henrico Sheriff’s Department says that the delegate did not inform them that the was heading to the Nine Mile Road location, though, and so now Morrissey is charged with violating his work release.
A hearing is being held on Wednesday to have his work release privileges reinstated.
Henrico Sheriff Mike Wade says that Morrissey will be allowed to be out and about in the meantime though, so as not to interfere with his campaign.
The sheriff says that the delegate has to follow the rules and still could have his work release denied at the hearing.
Sheriff Wade also said that had Morrissey asked, he probably would have had his request approved.
“It’s not about being somewhere, it’s about being somewhere where he didn’t have permission to be,” Wade said. “Mr. Morrissey is an inmate and we have rules for our inmates.”
Morrissey entered an Alford plea in court on December 12 to one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court documents. His charges stems from accusations that he was involved in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
Delegate Morrissey resigned Thursday. In that same announcement, Morrissey said he’d be running in the January 13 special election to replace his seat.
The 74th House District Democratic Nominating Committee announced today that they will hold a caucus to decide and nominate a Democratic candidate for the special election.
Henrico School Board member Lamont Bagby and William Sullivan have both announced that they plan to enter the race for Morrissey’s seat.
8News reporter Mark Tenia is gathering more details and will have a full report on 8News at 6:00.