Virginia lawmaker charged with assaulting family members
Posted 6:32 p.m. Thursday
Updated 6:35 p.m. Thursday
NORFOLK, Va. — A Virginia lawmaker known for his fiery speeches against abortion has been arrested twice in three days on charges he assaulted family members.
Suffolk police said 47-year-old Republican Del. Rick Morris was first arrested Tuesday and again Thursday during their investigation into abuse allegations. Morris is accused of attacking an adult female and a male juvenile in the family's home on various dates since December.
Authorities said the latest charges include three felony counts each of child endangerment and cruelty and injuries to children. Police also filed misdemeanor counts of domestic assault involving an adult female.
In their statement regarding Morris's first arrest, police said he assaulted a boy at home on Sept. 16, causing "injuries consistent with excessive physical discipline." Police also said that Morris assaulted another family member, a woman, last Dec. 23 as an argument escalated, prompting her to seek medical treatment.
Authorities say Morris was released from jail twice this week on $1,500 bond. He has not responded to an email or calls to his two offices seeking comment.
Morris has been a House delegate since 2012, according to the General Assembly's website. He's an attorney who also served in the Navy. The website lists him as married with nine children.