Democrat Joe Morrissey won a Senate Seat in Virginia on Tuesday. He was previously jailed for having sex with a 17-year-old secretary and was disbarred for “episodes of unethical, contumacious, or otherwise inappropriate conduct” according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
According to the court ruling, Morrisey had a “15-year history of contempt citations, reprimands, fines, suspensions, and even incarcerations arising from unprofessional conduct mostly involving an uncontrollable temper, inappropriate responses to stress and dishonesty.”
Morrissey won the state senate seat in a close race with 64% of the vote. Independent Waylin Ross got 36% of the vote. There was no Republican on the ballot.
Morrissey, 61, was accuses a decade earlier of having sex with his 17-year-old secretary. He is now married to her. He claimed that he did nothing wrong and plead guilty to a misdemeanor in 2015 admitting there was enough evidence to convict them. Morrissey was originally indicted on charges of possessing child pornography of the secretary and the electronic solicitation of a minor.
The girl and the mother denied that anything illegal happened between the two at the time. The couple are now married and have three children.
Morrisey resigned as a legislator at the time and won it back in a special election. He also ran a failed campaign to be mayor of Richmond Virginia in 2016, said the Daily Wire.
WJLA reported that Morissey will now represent citizens in Virginia in “parts of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Petersburg, Hopewell, Prince George County, and Dinwiddie County.”