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Grants Pass child sex abuse suspect taken into custody, police say

Police say the man was shown on video engaging in a sexual act with a minor.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 11:28 PM
Updated: Dec 3, 2019 2:56 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. --

UPDATE: The man suspected of sexually assaulting a child in Grants Pass has been taken into custody, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS).

Police received several tips about suspect Scott Murphy's possible location, the agency said. Around 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday morning, someone living in the 1000-block of NE Churchill Street reported a "suspicious person" sitting on the front porch of a vacant house.

Officers responded to the area and quickly arrested Murphy. He was taken to the Josephine County Jail, charged with six counts of Sexual Abuse I and four counts of Sodomy I.

"GPDPS would like to thank the public for their awareness and assistance in helping us locate this suspect," the agency said.

Court records demonstrate that Murphy has an extensive criminal history in Southern Oregon, though most of his previous charges have been related to driving with a suspended license or methamphetamine possession.

(Updated 12/3/19 at 11:50 a.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety says it is actively searching for a suspect involved in engaging in a sexual act with a young child.

Police say they received a report of the sex crime on Monday afternoon. They add that the suspect, Scott Aaron Murphy, was shown on video engaging in a sexual act with the child who is known to him. 

Deputies say that Murphy ran away from them near a house on southeast N Street in Grants Pass.

He is wanted for multiple felony sex crimes involving a minor. Police say that Murphy has a history of drug and weapons offenses, and it is unknown if he is armed at this time. 

The public is asked to immediately contact police if you know of Murphy's whereabouts, and to not make contact with him.  

This post will be updated as it is developing. 

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