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Former Athletic Director Sentenced For Explicit Messages To Teen

(Photo provided by Montco DA office)

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By Brad Segall

RADNOR, Pa. (CBS) – The former athletic director at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor is headed to Montgomery County prison for at least five months for sending sexually explicit Facebook messages to a teen he recruited for the football team.

The victim told the court that he’s stopped trusting people because he believes they’ll take advantage of him. He says he tries not to think about what happened and is afraid to talk to anyone about it.

The judge sentenced 39-year-old Francis Murphy to five to 23 months behind bars for unlawful contact and corruption of a minor, both felonies.

While the judge agreed that Murphy has touched many people in a positive fashion he says you can’t discount the harm he’s caused to the victim.

Murphy apologized to the victim saying he violated the trust the victim placed in him and he should have known better.

Prosecutors asked the judge for a significant sentence saying Murphy manipulated the boy’s trust for his own sexual gain.

Murphy was arrested last year when he showed up in Bridgeport for what he thought would be a sexual tryst with the student.

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