Lamoine man to serve 9 months for alcohol, sex offenses with underage girls

Posted July 22, 2011, at 6:44 p.m.
Last modified July 22, 2011, at 9:27 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Lamoine man has been sentenced to serve nine months behind bars after pleading guilty to providing alcohol to underage girls and to having sexual contact with one of them.

Tyler William Murphy, 23, was indicted in 2009 on seven charges in connection with multiple related incidents that took place in Lamoine in late 2008, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court.

The original charges he faced were three counts of furnishing liquor to a minor, three counts of allowing a minor to possess or consume alcohol, and gross sexual assault. The girl he was accused of assaulting was younger than 14 years old at the time of the alleged incident on Dec. 13, 2008.

A few months later, police learned of the incidents and questioned Murphy, who confessed to giving the girls alcohol and to having sex with one of them.

That confession subsequently was challenged by Murphy’s defense attorney, Walter McKee of Augusta, but this past January Justice E. Allen Hunter denied McKee’s motion to suppress the confession, according to court documents.

Then on July 13, in an apparent plea agreement with prosecutors, Murphy pleaded guilty to a new charge of unlawful sexual contact and to the three charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor, court documents indicate. The gross sexual assault charge and the three charges of allowing a minor to possess or consume alcohol then were dismissed.

Justice Andrew Mead sentenced Murphy on July 13 to serve four years with all but nine months suspended, and to serve three years of probation upon his release. He also was ordered to pay $610 in fines and fees for each of the three furnishing convictions, for a total of $1,830.

Mary Kellett, assistant Hancock County district attorney, and McKee said separately Friday that Murphy will be required to register with the state as a sex offender for 10 years after he is released from jail.

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