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Former Priest Sentenced For Distributing And PossessingChild Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan

Timothy Murray, 63, of Novi, who pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possession child pornography in July, 2013 was sentenced today to 188 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today.  McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Marlon Miller of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Detroit.

According to court records, Murray used peer-to-peer software to trade child pornography with others, including an undercover DHS Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent.  A search warrant executed at Murray’s home recovered at least seven different computer devices containing videos and images of child pornography.  Murray’s collection included over 650 movies and over 450 images of child pornography.  Murray had previously served as a Catholic priest within the Archdiocese of Detroit before being removed from public ministry when substantiated allegations of Murray’s prior sexual abuse of a young boy came to light.       

United States Attorney McQuade stated, “The hands-on sexual abuse that led to his removal from public ministry by the Catholic church had long-lasting effects on the defendant’s prior victim.  Similarly, the victims depicted in his extensive collection of child pornography suffered greatly not only at the hands of their abusers, but by those, like the defendant, who collect and continue to view the permanent depictions of their abuse.”

"For a former priest to engage in the depraved activity for which he is being sentenced is reprehensible,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Detroit. “Today’s sentencing will hopefully bring a measure of closure to those affected by his actions. Cases like these serve to strengthen HSI’s resolve to aggressively pursue child predators.”

Murray was sentenced by the Honorable Victoria A. Roberts.

McQuade praised the work of the HSI agents for their professionalism and dedication in their aggressive and thorough investigation of these cases. 

Assistant United States Attorney Kevin M. Mulcahy prosecuted this case for the United States.

Updated March 19, 2015