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Pro tip to politicians: If you impregnate a teenager, don't send out this photo

Dylan Matthews is a senior correspondent and head writer for Vox's Future Perfect section and has worked at Vox since 2014. He is particularly interested in global health and pandemic prevention, anti-poverty efforts, economic policy and theory, and conflicts about the right way to do philanthropy.

Here are some true facts about former Virginia State Delegate Joe Morrissey.

  • This is a real picture of him:
  • The other person in the picture is Myrna Pride, his 19-year-old former receptionist.
  • She is holding their 9-week-old son, Chase, whose paternity Morrissey acknowledged Wednesday.
  • Joe Morrissey is 57 years old.
  • They are wearing antebellum "period dress." Like slaveowners used to wear.
  • Morrissey spent 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to "contributing to the delinquency of a minor," the minor in question being Pride.
  • That was the result of a plea deal. Prosecutors initially charged him with felony counts of supervisory indecent liberties with a minor (for sleeping with Pride when she was 17), possession of child pornography (for soliciting and receiving a nude photo of her at 17), and distribution of child pornography (for sending that photo to a friend).
  • Pride has given media outlets permission to identify her.
  • Here's another photo of Morrissey, Pride, and their son, Chase, together in very normal costumes:

Joe Morrissey via Richmond Times-Dispatch

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