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Suspect in child sex abuse case arrested

Grants Pass police arrested a man Tuesday suspected of child sex abuse after appealing Monday to the public for tips on his possible location.

At about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, a resident reported a suspicious person sitting on the porch of a vacant home in the 1000 block of Northeast Churchill Street in Grants Pass. The tip was one of several received by the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.

Patrol officers and detectives responded to the tip and arrested Scott Aaron Murphy, 34, police said.

Murphy is lodged in the Josephine County Jail without bail on charges of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct, six counts of sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of felon in possession of a weapon/restricted firearm, methamphetamine possession and violating parole, according to jail records.

“GPDPS would like to thank the public for their awareness and assistance in helping us locate this suspect,” the department said in a news release.

The case began unfolding at about 4:05 p.m. Monday when police received a report of a sexual offense allegedly involving Murphy. Officers were provided with a video depicting Murphy allegedly engaging in a sexual act with a young child known to him, police said.

Multiple officers attempted to contact Murphy near a home on Southeast N Street but he fled on foot. He wasn’t located at that time despite an extensive search, police said.

Dating back to at least 2007, Murphy has a string of past convictions for crimes that include identity theft, felon in possession of a firearm, criminal driving with a suspended or revoked license and multiple counts of possession and delivery of methamphetamine, according to Josephine County Circuit Court records.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @VickieAldous.

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