UPDATE:  Lee Murphy has now been released and is living back in plymouth

April 2013

Plymouth paedophile jailed for three years


A MAN who sexually abused three children over a decade has been jailed for three years.

Lee Murphy appearing on his 31st birthday, was sent to prison from Plymouth Crown Court.

He had denied indecently assaulting two boys and a girl in the city between 1995 and 2005.

But Murphy was found guilty by a jury of four offences last month.

Judge Paul Darlow told him: “You have an ongoing sexual interest in prepubescent children.”

Murphy barely reacted as he was led away, but there were tears from family supporters at the back of court.

Murphy, a former nursing student and stepfather to four children was convicted of one offence of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14 and two specimen charges of indecently assaulting a boy under 14.

Murphy was also found guilty of another charge of sexually touching a boy under the same age.

Murphy, of North Road West, touched the three victims indecently in bed as they were asleep or watching films.

None of them told anyone about what had happened until two years ago.

Malcolm Clarke, for Murphy, said that the defendant himself was only 13 or 14 at the time of the first offence.

He said he continued to plead his innocence, but accepted the verdict of the jury.

Mr Clarke handed in several references to his good character.

He added the defendant had hoped to go into teaching or work in a care home, but now accepted that would not happen.

The court heard he had also spent 15 years in the St John Ambulance.

The offences are not connected to his stepchildren nor his time with the St John Ambulance.

Murphy married a Filipino nurse with four children in 2006.