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Husband Of School Committee Member Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Apr 03, 2018 04:14PM ● By Bill Gilman

Michael Murphy (Facebook photo)

DRACUT -- The husband of a Dracut School Committee member has been arrested on charges of possession of child pornography.

Michael Murphy 58, of 41 Adams Road, following a police search of his home Monday morning. He was arraigned in Lowell District Court and released on $1,000 cash bail. He was also prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with children under 18.

Murphy is the husband of school committee member Betsy Murphy.

According to information released by Middlesex DA Marian Ryan, an investigation centered on Murphy began March 21, when the  state police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force provided the Dracut Police with a tip about images of child pornography shared using the web-based communication tool Skype.

According to Ryan, the State Attorney General subpoened Murphy's account records from Comcast, leading to the execution of the search warrant at his home Monday at 6:30 a.m.

During the course of the search, investigators seized several computers and wireless devices from the home and reportedly found multiple images of child pornography on a Kindle Fire belonging to Michael Murphy.

At least one of the images pictures an infant engaged in a sexual act with an adult man. Another features a child under age 7 posed in a sexual position.

Under the terms of his release on bail, Murphy must wear a GPS tracker. According to Lowell Sun report, law enforcement officials consider Murphy to be a suicide risk and stated that, following his arrest, he threatened to take his own life.

The next scheduled hearing in this case is a pretrial hearing on May 25.

Al Fresca

 

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