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Del. Morrissey Gets Trial Date in Teen Sex Crimes Case

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -

Del. Joe Morrissey (D-Henrico) was back in court Friday morning to be arraigned on multiple sex charges for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl who worked for him.

Late last month, Morrissey was indicted on five charges -- four felonies and a misdemeanor.

The charges include supervisory indecent liberties with a minor, electronic solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

On Friday, he pleaded not guilty to all charges in Henrico County court.

Morrissey's lawyers told the judge they plan to file a motion to disqualify William Neely as special prosecutor in the case "for a number of reasons."

But they say they need more information to do so. The defense made a motion requesting the application for special grand jury and have begun a discovery request to obtain minutes from the grand jury.

Once they have that information, Morrissey's lawyers say they will know whether they will file additional motions.

Morrissey left the courthouse Friday without commenting, but after his June indictment, he spoke to the media for more than 20 minutes during a news conference to lay out his side of the story.

Morrissey has denied the allegations, saying he did not have sex with the girl at his law offices. He also stated that on August 20, one of the dates in question, he was in Charles City County meeting with constituents.

Morrissey says the girl's story never changed during the investigation. He alleges that police attempted to get the girl to change her story, saying that police told her that if she did, she could sue Morrissey for $2,000,000. According to Morrissey, the girl called the special prosecutor "unprofessional" during the grand jury hearing.

Morrissey went on to say that the evidence is overwhelming that someone hacked into his and the girl's phones and planted nude photos on them. He claims that a 24-year-old girl hacked the cell phone of the victim and sent fake text messages and photos.

In August, Henrico Police were called to Morrissey's home by the father of the 17-year-old girl. The girl had been hired as a part-time receptionist at Morrissey's office after saying she was 22. She went to Morrissey's home to discuss a family matter with her mother's approval.

The girl has told authorities that she did not have a sexual relationship with Morrissey, and Morrissey has maintained he had no inappropriate relationship with her.

When asked at the June news conference if he planned to resign, Morrissey said there was "not a snowball's chance in hell" that he would.

A trial date has been set for the week of December 15.

If convicted of all charges, Morrissey could spend decades in prison.

8News will continue following this developing story...stay with us on air and online for updates.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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