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Sen. Murphy under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of foster children

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Arizona Sen. Rick Murphy is under investigation for two cases of alleged sexual abuse of foster children in his home, according to police reports.

Peoria police and Child Protective Services are investigating the alleged abuse, The Arizona Republic first reported Thursday. Police opened the most recent investigation on Saturday after an 18-year-old male in Murphy’s care came forward with reports that the Peoria Republican had been inappropriately touching the teen since January 2007, the report stated.

The teen also admitted to inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl in Murphy’s care, the report said. The teen is listed as both a suspect and victim in the report, which lists Murphy as under investigation for molestation.

The most recent case allegations prompted officials to reopen a 2011 case investigating Murphy for molestation, which was closed after police found there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Murphy, according to the Republic. The case was first opened in February 2011, with the alleged abuse occurring between January and February that year, the report stated.

Murphy, who considers himself an outspoken advocate for child-welfare issues and has cared for several adopted and foster children, could not immediately be reached for comment.

 

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