Claims to fame: Former chairman, Young Republicans (July, 2007-August, 2007); former chairman, Clark County, Indiana, Republican Party (2000-August, 2007); accused (homo)sexual (multiple) assailant
Here’s the Wikipedia version of the story, which sums it all up:
According to a police report filed with the Clark County Sheriff’s office, following a party on July 28, Murphy, 33, and a 22-year-old man went to sleep in separate bunk-beds at the younger man’s sister’s house in Jeffersonville, Indiana because they had both drunk alcohol at the party. The 22-year-old man woke up the next morning and found Murphy masturbating while performing oral sex on the younger man. He got up and left Murphy behind in the room. On July 31, Murphy met with both the brother and sister, and admitted that he had performed oral sex on the younger man. Murphy claims that this conversation was taped without his knowledge. [link] Murphy contacted the pair several times, asking whether they intended to file police reports. [link] [link] [link]
In a letter from his attorney at the time, Larry O. Wilder, Murphy asserted that “the events that took place that evening were as between two consenting adults.” [link] This statement is inconsistent with later revelations about the content of the taped conversation between Murphy and the complaintant in the probable-cause affidavit submitted to the court when Murphy was charged. [link] In that conversation, Murphy said “I was out of my mind. I wasn’t thinking.”. Murphy also offered a financial incentive to the young man if he would drop the criminal complaint.
By 7 August 2007, Murphy had resigned his jobs as the president of the Young Republicans and the chairman of the Clark County, Indiana Republican Party. In a letter explaining the resignation, he cited an unexpected job opportunity that required him not to hold any partisan political office. [link]
On August 23, 2007, Murphy obtained a new lawyer, James Voyles, who has represented former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes, and former Indiana University coach Bob Knight. [link] Voyles filed a motion in the Clark County Circuit Court to have a special prosecutor assigned to the case, on the grounds that the case was too political to be entrusted to Clark County Prosecutor Steve Stewart, a Democrat. The next day, Judge Dan Donahue removed Stewart from the case and appointed John Colin, Harrison County’s chief deputy prosecutor, as special prosecutor. [link] However, Colin turned down the appointment, citing a full work load, leaving the judge to find a new appointee. [link] In early October 2007, the judge appointed Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Stanley Levco as special prosecutor in the case. [link]
On November 09, 2007, Levco filed formal charges against Murphy in Clark County Superior Court 1. Murphy was charged with a class B felony, criminal deviate conduct, in a hearing before Judge Vicki Carmichael. [link] After the judge entered an automatic plea of Not Guilty for him, Murphy was arrested, booked, and immediately posted bond. Judge Carmichael scheduled pretrial conferences on Jan. 7, 2008, and March 10, 2008, and a jury trial on April 1, 2008. If convicted of the offense as charged, Murphy faces a sentence of between six and 20 years in prison.
Commentators have grouped this controversy together with other recent gay sex scandals surrounding the Republican Party, including those involving Larry Craig, Bob Allen, and Ted Haggard. [link]
1998 sexual battery report
On 14 June 1998, Justin, 21-year-old man, filed a police report alleged that he was sleeping on the floor and woke up to find Glenn Murphy, whom he had just met, performing oral sex on him. He pushed Murphy off, jumped back, and ran into the restroom to clean himself off. The younger man’s girlfriend, Courtney B. Kimes, was asleep in the room at the time, but awoke when he screamed. [link] No charges were filed due to lack of evidence. [link]
Just what the hell is wrong with these “Young Republicans,” anyway?
Dunno. You’ll have to ask Michael Flory, and Karl Brabenec and Jimmy Karalis… for starters.
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. Murphy:
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.