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UPDATE: Va. Lawmaker That Resigned Seat Amid Sex Scandal Has Won it Back

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Joe Morrissey, Courtesy WUSA Joe Morrissey, Courtesy WUSA

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The jailed Virginia lawmaker who won a special election following his sex-scandal conviction has been sworn back into office.

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey was sworn in Wednesday in front of a group of reporters at his new legislative office on Capitol Square.

The 57-year-old Democrat resigned his seat after he was sentenced to six months in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Prosecutors accused him of having sex with a 17-year-old employee. Morrissey and the teenager, now 18 and pregnant, denied it.

Morrissey then angered lawmakers by running as an independent to reclaim his seat. Legislative leaders have been researching the process for expelling him.

He said voters spoke clearly when they re-elected him Tuesday and indicated they'd likely support him again should he be expelled.


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