- Associated Press - Saturday, December 13, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Calls are mounting from Virginia political leaders for the immediate resignation of a legislator who pleaded to charges in a teen sex case.

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey entered an Alford plea Friday to a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. In an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges there’s sufficient evidence for a conviction but doesn’t admit guilt.

Defense attorney Anthony Troy says Morrissey ultimately will serve three months in jail and be placed in a work-release program to allow the Democrat to continue working as a legislator and a lawyer.

State Republican Party Chairman Pat Mullins and House and Senate Democratic caucuses called for Morrissey’s resignation Saturday.

House Minority Leader David Toscano says Morrissey’s case is “very troubling” and “disqualifies him from serving in the House.”

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