EDMONTON – An Edmonton man has pleaded guilty to three charges of Internet luring after he exchanged sexually explicit messages with American undercover officers he believed were teenage girls.
Dennis Dominic Murphy Jr., 37, pleaded guilty to three luring charges in court Tuesday for numerous chats, phone conversations and texts he exchanged with undercover officers in Orlando, Fla. and Bedford County, Va. between May 2011 and October 2012.
The Orlando officer presented himself as 15-year-old girl named Brandi. The Virginia officer posed as a 12-year-old named Haley. Court heard the fictional girls’ ages were stated in the first chats, but that didn’t deter Murphy, according to an agreed statement of facts.
“The accused told her that he was OK with her being only 12 years old and that he wanted to have sex with her,” Crown prosecutor Diane Hollinshead told court.
The husband and father carried on online relationships with the two undercover officers for months, exchanging dozens of explicit chat messages, texts and phone calls with female police posing as the girls. Murphy also repeatedly exposed himself over his web camera and requested pictures from the teens he believed he was talking to.
In the Florida investigation, Murphy expressed his love for the fictional girl, referred to her as his wife and invited her to Canada. He then said he planned to visit her. The first time, he told her his trip was delayed because his passport expired. The second time he was supposed to travel to Florida, he claimed he was sidetracked by a serious car accident while in a taxi.
“Babe what’s wrong I got in a car accident on the way to the airport and might have to get my leg removed,” he texted. The phone he texted belonged to the Sex offender Surveillance Squad in Orlando.
Murphy used his real name to log into chat rooms and speak with the undercover officers.
At one point in the Virginia investigation, Murphy offered to buy the fictional girl clothes in exchange for sex. He expressed his desire to have a child with the girls.
Alberta’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit received copies of online chats, webcam tapes, text messages and phone calls from officers in Florida and Virginia to begin their own investigation.
In October 2012, police searched Murphy’s home and seized several computers, hard drives and documents. He was arrested a month later.
“Initially, the accused denied knowing that he was chatting with someone under the age of 18,” Hollinshead said. “He told the police that this happened at a time when he was lonely and depressed.”
Murphy is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 25.