Matthew Murphy was arrested and charged in federal court Tuesday afternoon, and was detained until a hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Federal agents say his Snapchat account turned up evidence of similar extortion involving other minors in the area, and court documents say he admitted to using the account and communicated with nearly individuals, with most, if not all of them, as minors. Court documents show conversations with the victim and the suspect's fraudulent account, with Murphy asking to watch someone shower in one instance.
By Jessica Gelfarb April 22, Montgomery County police are currently investigating a major sexting scandal involving both Pyle and Whitman students. In a letter distributed to students, Pyle principal Michael Zarchin said that he learned of the situation after a student came to school with an i-Pod touch that contained inappropriate photos and videos of female students. After conducting a school-wide investigation, the administration determined that female students had posed for inappropriate photographs and videos and sent them to other students by text message and e-mail. Certain students who received the pictures and videos then sold them to other individuals. The administration immediately notified the parents of students posing for and selling the photographs, Zarchin stated in the letter. Police are continuing to conduct interviews and gather information, Montgomery County police media spokesperson sergeant C. Thomas Jordan said. Though the scandal caused much outrage throughout the community, Whitman parent Alan Isaac said he thinks that police involvement is unnecessary. The kids would have been better off.
Caught in class with a contraband Apple iPod touch, a student at Thomas W. Had it been an isolated event, the sexting incident probably would have caused a ripple in the community and died away. And as the school year was wrapping up, Landon, the elite, all-boys private school in Bethesda, came under scrutiny after a scathing column by Maureen Dowd of The New York Times. Dowd exposed a fantasy sex league run by a handful of Landon boys attempting virtual and very nearly actual sexual exploitation of girls from area schools. The cascading crises were widely reported in the media, and the schools, finding themselves pinned like frogs in a freshman biology lab, had little choice but to submit to the public dissection that followed. It would be tempting to isolate the incidents and focus the blame.
Matthew Murphy, 22, of Whitman was arrested on charges of sexually exploiting children. A year-old Whitman man has been charged with sexually exploiting children after authorities said he used Snapchat to pose as a teenage girl to extort nude photographs from a middle school boy. Matthew Murphy was charged in federal court Tuesday with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to the office of United States Attorney Andrew E. The investigation began when authorities said Murphy, posing as a teenage girl, used a Snapchat account to extort nude photographs from a Massachusetts middle school boy. Federal agents obtained part of the account Murphy allegedly created and found evidence of similar crimes against other minors in the area, the U. During the execution of a search warrant at his home, Murphy admitted the fake account was his and investigators found evidence of the account on his electronic devices, authorities said. Murphy was arrested and held following his arraignment. He returns to court Wednesday for a detention hearing. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. All rights reserved About Us.