August 15, 2013

Mass. trooper in Rolling Stone photo flap back on patrol

The Associated Press

BOSTON — The Massachusetts state trooper who leaked arrest photos of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect is back on patrol.

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Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy, right, a tactical photographer, and his son Connor Patrick Murphy, arrive at State Police Headquarters in Framingham for his hearing to determine his duty status after he released images of the arrest of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in this July 23, 2013, photo.

AP

A state police spokesman confirms that Sgt. Sean Murphy has been assigned to the Athol barracks in north-central Massachusetts.

The spokesman, David Procopio, says the assignment that started last week is not punishment for the unauthorized release of photos of a bloodied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He says that investigation is ongoing.

Murphy leaked the photos in response to what many perceived as a glamorous photo of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Murphy served a short suspension and was placed on desk duty last month. Col. Timothy Alben, the state police commander, has said Murphy is unlikely to be fired.

Murphy's lawyer did not return a message Thursday.

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