Monday, April 18, 2011

AD from high-profile PA sports program arrested

RADNOR (AP) - The athletic director at Archbishop Carroll High School allegedly used Facebook to solicit sexual favors from a male student, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.
Francis Murphy, 39, was arrested Friday on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, promoting prostitution, corruption of minors and related offenses, police documents stated.
Murphy, who has served as the Catholic high school’s athletic director since 1999, is behind bars at Montgomery County prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail, according to court records.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced the arrest today, saying the alleged victim reported that Murphy was sending him sexually suggestive messages on Facebook.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia released a statement this morning saying that Murphy had been placed on administrative leave, pending dismissal. They also noted that all of the required criminal background checks and child abuse clearances were in place.

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