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Virginia Legislator Enters Alford Plea

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislator has entered an Alford plea stemming from accusations that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager and will spend several months in jail.

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey entered the plea Friday in Henrico County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a conviction but doesn't admit guilt. Morrissey had been scheduled to go on trial Monday on four felony charges.

Attorney Anthony Troy says Morrissey was sentenced to 12 months in jail with six suspended but will ultimately serve three months. Troy says Morrissey also will be in a work-release program that will allow him to continue his work as a legislator and a lawyer.

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