05/23/2015 12:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2015

Former Virginia Lawmaker Joe Morrissey Distributes Bizarre Photo With 19-Year-Old Girlfriend And Their Son

Things are getting weirder for a former Virginia lawmaker who admitted to fathering a child with his teenage employee.

Former state Del. Joe Morrissey, 57, who recently acknowledged having a child with his former secretary, Myrna Pride, gave a reporter a picture of him and Pride with their son, all dressed in antebellum period clothing.

In December, Morrissey was sentenced to six months in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after he was charged with having an inappropriate relationship with Pride, who was 17 when she worked in Morrissey's law office.

Morrissey denied the charges, but entered a plea in which he admitted no wrongdoing but that there was enough evidence to convict him. Morrissey's term was eventually reduced to a 90-day work-release sentence.

Morrissey resigned his seat after the charges, but won it back in a special election in January, before facing even more charges.

Pride initially denied that she and Morrissey had sex, but Morrissey on Wednesday admitted that he was the father of Pride's child. Pride, who is now 19, said on Thursday that she had not had sex with Morrissey until she was a legal adult.

"I am as engaged in Chase's life as a man could be. I'm super proud of Myrna and I love Chase," Morrissey said during a radio interview on "The Jack Gravely Show." "Chase is my blood."

Morrissey also told reporters on Thursday that he planned on marrying Pride.

Morrissey has resigned his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates and is currently running for the Virginia state Senate as an independent.

The headline of this post has been updated to reflect Morrissey is a former lawmaker.



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