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Police find no evidence to support allegations against Sen. Rick Murphy (access required)

Police find no evidence to support allegations against Sen. Rick Murphy <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Peoria police found no evidence to support allegations that Arizona Sen. Rick Murphy sexually abused one of his foster children and did not recommend any charges against the senator, according to a police report.

Enrique Thomas Murphy, 18, adopted by Murphy and his wife Penny, told police on June 22 that he was sexually abused by Murphy beginning when he was a 12-year-old in the Peoria Republican’s home, the report stated.

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More details released in case involving Sen. Rick Murphy (access required)

More details released in case involving Sen. Rick Murphy <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Police reports provide new details into a Peoria police investigation of sexual abuse allegations made against Arizona Sen. Rick Murphy in 2011, a case that was closed at the time but has since been reopened after new charges of molestation were made against the lawmaker.

Peoria police and Child Protective Services reopened the 2011 case after a male foster child in Murphy’s care reported in June that the Peoria Republican had been inappropriately touching the teen since January 2007, a police report stated.

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Time to wake the Ethics Committee?

The news today (June 28) about Murphy and Shooter has prompted some observers to wonder when the two senators will face ethics charges. After word of Shooter’s transgression broke in March, Dem senators said they weren’t ready to file an ethics complaint because the police hadn’t investigated the incident and charges hadn’t been filed, but there will be renewed pressure for them to file a complaint.

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