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Morrissey in court Tuesday morning following sex charges

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -
Delegate Joe Morrissey will make his first appearance before a judge Tuesday morning.

Legislators on both sides of the aisle are keeping quiet on the Joe Morrissey scandal, but this indictment and all the attorneys involved had quite a bit to say.

The allegations have been brewing since last August, when NBC12 cameras caught police at Morrissey's home.

Officers were looking for a 17-year-old girl at the request of her father.

A Henrico police investigation followed, and now this indictment details how Morrissey allegedly had sex with the teen at his law office and home. 

Special Prosecutor William Neely says Morrissey also exchanged graphic texts with the minor.

"She sent, what we have now, a nude photograph of herself via text, via cell phone, which he then forwarded on to a friend," Neely said.

The report says the girl initially lied about her age to the law firm and gave different stories to police. The minor's mother claims there was no wrongdoing, but other family members have said that the charges are true.
   
In a press conference Monday, two of Morrissey's attorneys vehemently denied the charges... calling them baseless.

"This is the first time in the history of the Commonwealth that we are aware of a person being indicted for an offense that the alleged victim and her family plainly stated did not occur," attorney Amy Austin said.

They say Neely has had a vendetta against Morrissey for two decades, trying to stop him from getting his law license back.

"We recently requested that Mr. Neely recuse himself from this matter, but he flatly refused," Austin said.

A letter Neely wrote to the Virginia State Bar says Morrissey, "lacks any moral compass." Nevertheless, Joe Morrissey's legal team vows they'll prove his innocence.

"Delegate Morrissey looks forward to clearing his name in a court of law," Austin said.

Morrissey's attorneys claim the text messages were planted and Neely is on a witch hunt. The prosecution denies any bias against Morrissey.. or that there's any credible evidence that cell phones were hacked.

Morrissey is currently out of jail on $50,000 bond. He will be in court Tuesday at 9.a.m. 

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