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Henrico Commonwealth Attorney releases statement in Morrissey case

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

A special prosecutor has been appointed to the case involving Delegate Joseph Morrissey and a 17-year-old girl.

Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney, Shannon L. Taylor, released a statement Tuesday:

I requested that the Judge appoint a special prosecutor moving forward in this ongoing investigation. I felt this was the appropriate time to make this request because, up to this point, this had been a routine investigation following the typical trajectory of investigations handled by this office. However, now, moving forward, the investigation is at a juncture where strategic and critical decisions will be made. I think it is appropriate for those decisions to be made by someone outside of this jurisdiction and with no prior relationships with any of the individuals potentially involved. Moreover, the appointment of a special prosecutor will continue to ensure that the public can have complete confidence and trust in the ongoing proceedings.  Retired Judge Martin Bass from the 15th Judicial Circuit has been appointed by the Virginia Supreme Court to preside over this case, and Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney, William F. Neely, has been appointed Special Prosecutor.

Del. Morrissey was once a big supporter of Henrico Commonwealth Attorney Shannon Taylor. The top prosecutor's political ties to Delegate Joe Morrissey were called into question when police began investigating Morrissey.

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

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