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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Rhode Island Man Charged with Traveling to Connecticut to Engage in Sex with Minor

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment today charging NICHOLAS MURPHY, 27, of Exeter, R.I., with one count of traveling to engage in illegal sexual activity with a minor.

The indictment alleges that in September 2015, MURPHY travelled from Rhode Island to Connecticut for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a minor

If convicted of the charge, MURPHY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years.

MURPHY was arrested on related state charges on May 9, 2016.  He is scheduled to be arraigned on December 28 in Hartford federal court.

U.S. Attorney Daly stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Plainfield Police Department and Rhode Island State Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy V. Gifford.

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Updated December 14, 2016