Created on Monday, 18 April 2011 15:43
Archbishop Carroll High School’s Athletic Director is accused of seeking sexual favors from a former male student in return for gifts. 39-year-old Francis Murphy (pictured here) of Bryn Mawr was also on the baseball and football coaching staffs. He is charged with corruption of minors, promoting prostitution and related offenses. He was arrested Friday outside the Frosty Falls Ice Cream Shop in Bridgeport, where he went to meet the boy. Instead he met Montgomery County Detectives who had assumed the boy’s identity. He told his mother what was going on, and she called police. Court documents say Murphy recruited the boy to play football as a ninth grader, but he left the school for financial reasons this school year as an eleventh grader. When the boy contacted Murphy via Facebook for help in getting his football cleats out of the locker room, the talk quickly turned to sex, and Murphy allegedly offered the boy sneakers and other sports gear in return for an ongoing relationship. He is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. Archbishop Carroll is in Radnor, in Delaware County, but just over the Montgomery County line.