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Improper Relationship Accusations Force Lawmaker to Resign

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Democratic state lawmaker is resigning from office after recently entering a plea in connection with accusations that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager.

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey sent a letter Thursday to the House speaker saying he will resign, effective Jan. 13.

Morrissey entered the Alford plea last week 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.

According to prosecutors, the 57-year-old Morrissey and a 17-year-old girl who worked for him had sex multiple times at his law office in August 2013 and texted their friends about it.

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