Felony indictments dismissed against former Va. legislator

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Posted: Apr 01, 2015 6:02 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia state lawmaker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in a sex scandal involving a teenager will no longer face felony charges in the case.

A Henrico Circuit Court judge on Wednesday dismissed four felony counts accusing ex-Virginia Del. Joseph D. Morrissey of fabricating a document purportedly showing that the teen's father had agreed to pay $50 a week into her college fund.

Morrissey had vouched for the document in court and persuaded the teenager's mother to attest to its authenticity.

In December, Morrissey pleaded guilty and was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor involving the 17-year-old girl.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( HYPERLINK "http://bit.ly/1IRmetf" ) the judge ruled that the plea absolved him of related potential crimes.

Morrissey called the ruling "a total vindication."