For Immediate Release
|May 01, 2013||Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632|
Fugitive Sex Offender Arrested and Charged with
by U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force
Concord, NH – ‘Fugitive of the Week’, Michael Murphy, 48 was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in Revere, Massachusetts on January 4, 2013. This arrest was a cooperative effort made by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from both NH and MA, along with several members of the Revere Police Department.
Murphy was wanted on an outstanding Strafford County (NH) arrest warrant for Failure to Appear in Strafford County Superior Court on June 1, 2012. Murphy was scheduled to appear after being indicted on a charge of Failing to Maintain his Sex Offender Registration. Murphy is required by law to register as a sex offender after previously being convicted of four counts of Felonious Sexual Assault on August 30, 2002 in Grafton County (NH) Superior Court.
As part of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task
Force’s investigation, Murphy was aired in the weekly feature known as the
'Fugitive of the Week' on July 12, 2012. The 'Fugitive of the Week' is
broadcast on WTPL-FM, WMUR-TV, The Union Leader, The Nashua Telegraph and is
prominently featured on the internet.
In this case, Murphy was located and arrested at his place of employment in the 1000 block of North Shore Road in Revere, Massachusetts. At the time of arrest, Murphy insisted that his name was Michael Russo. Investigators quickly discovered Murphy’s identification in his wallet showing his true identity of Michael Murphy. It has been determined that based on Murphy’s prior convictions for Felonious Sexual Assault in NH, his failure to register as a sex offender, combined with his crossing state lines in an effort to avoid the sex offender registry requirement are in violation of the federal Adam Walsh Act. If anyone has additional information regarding the whereabouts or activities of Michael Murphy (aka: Michael Russo) while he was on the run, please contact Senior Inspector Mark Lewis of the U.S. Marshals in NH at (603) 225-1632.
On January 30, 2013, Michael Murphy was charged by a criminal complaint in the U.S. District Court in Concord, NH. Murphy was charged with one count of Failure to Register (18 USC § 2250) in violation of Federal law. This offense is punishable by up to ten years imprisonment.
Murphy is currently being held at the Suffolk County Jail (Nashua Street) pending the resolution of additional outstanding criminal cases in Massachusetts. Upon completion of the Massachusetts matters, Murphy will be brought to U.S. District Court in New Hampshire to face the Failure to Register charge in the near future.
“Tracking down sex offenders is only one of our missions, but a very important one. We take this part of the job very seriously and hope that with each arrest of a sex offender, we can somehow make a difference by helping to protect the public“, said U.S. Marshal David Cargill, Jr.
Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,370 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. Nationally the United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
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