Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Francis Murphy Arrested For Soliciting Sex From Former Student

Authorities reported that the athletic director and coach at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor Township was arrested for allegedly seeking sexual favors from a former male student. Bryn Mawr resident Francis Murphy, 39, had supposedly solicited sex from the victim, an 11th grader, in exchange for gifts.

Murphy was arrested in Bridgeport at the Frosty Falls Ice Cream shop, where he had planned to meet the victim for sex, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Law enforcement officials charged Murphy, who worked for the school since 1999, with promoting prostitution, attempted corruption of minors, and unlawful contact with a minor.

Montgomery County District Attorney Rise Vetri Ferman said Murphy originally recruited the victim as a ninth grader for football camp so that the youth could attend Carroll. The student eventually left the school for financial reasons when he got in touch with Murphy through Facebook.

The victim contacted Murphy for help in getting his cleats from the school's locker room, which Murphy agreed to. But allegedly, the conversation became sexual when Murphy asked if he could be the boy's "sugar daddy" and promised gifts, like athletic gear, in exchange.

Montgomery County detectives later took over the student's identity on Facebook after the boy informed his mother about Murphy's solicitation. Ferman said no sexual contact had occurred between the two, just the "offer of any ongoing relationship."

Police held Francis Murphy under custody at the Montgomery County prison on a $250,000 cash bail, and he was ordered to not have any contact with the students or minors at Archbishop Carroll. The school also placed Murphy on administrative leave as police continue to investigate the case to determine if he had targeted any other victims.

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