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Teen denies having sexual contact with Del. Morrissey

Sherri Thaxton, attorney for "Seventeen" Sherri Thaxton, attorney for "Seventeen"
Delegate Joe Morrissey Delegate Joe Morrissey

A 17-year-old girl who was taken by police from Delegate Joe Morrissey's home is denying she ever had an inappropriate relationship with the politician.

The girl applied for a job as a receptionist at the Morrissey & Goldman law firm, claiming to be 22 years old, according to her attorney Sherri Thaxton. A copy of her job application and resume provided by Thaxton to the media back up her claim.

"She stated that her age was 22 years old, when in fact she was 17 and a half," said Thaxton.  "She has insisted this be done to set the record straight."

The documents refer to the teen as "Seventeen." It says she was hired as a receptionist in July.  Thaxton says she applied to more than a dozen companies with the same resume. NBC12 asked, why wasn't there a background check?

"She interviewed with the office manager at Morrissey and Goldman and I don't have any further information on that," said Thaxton.

The girl was a receptionist for three weeks before an incident on August 23, when her father called police to Morrissey's home. The girl's mother says she gave her permission to be at the home and Thaxton says the father does not have custody of the teen. 

Thaxton did talk about the teenager going to Morrissey's home in August and insists it was over a legal, personal matter.

"There have been no sexual advances made by him or anyone in this matter," she said.

When did Morrissey find out the receptionist was underage? "At the same time everybody else did," said Thaxton.

It's been almost a month since the Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney started this investigation.  No charges have been filed.

Thaxton says the teenager has apologized to the law office staff.

"She's been subject to a lot of questions, demands and harassments," Thaxton said.

NBC12 looked into Thaxton's ties to Delegate Morrissey and found on the Virginia Public Access Project website, Thaxton donated $400 to Morrissey's campaign between 2011 and 2012. We called Thaxton's office for a comment about the campaign contributions, but have not received a call back.

Thaxton did say she "assumes" she is working pro-bono on this case, but wouldn't elaborate.

The teenager at the center of this investigation is now in college.

Click here to see the statement and "Seventeen"s resume provided by Thaxton: http://ftpcontent4.worldnow.com/wwbt/PDF/Morrissey-Seventeen_09-17-13.pdf

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