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Special prosecutor named in lawmaker probe

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 1:33pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A special prosecutor will investigate the relationship between a legislator and a teenage girl who formerly worked in his office.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Henrico County Commonwealth's Attorney Shannon Taylor announced the move Tuesday.

The Virginia Supreme Court named retired Judge Martin Bass to oversee the case involving Del. Joe Morrissey of Henrico County. Bass named Spotsylvania County Commonwealth's Attorney William Neely as special prosecutor. Taylor said decisions should be made by people outside the jurisdiction who have no prior relationships with any of those potentially involved.

In August, police were called to Morrissey's home by the father of a 17-year-old girl who was found there. The girl and Morrissey have denied any impropriety.

Morrissey's attorney, Anthony Troy, said he knows of "no charges that should properly be brought."


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,

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