Judge reduces bail for Palmer woman accused of sexual abuse of a minor
A judge on Wednesday decided to reduce bail for a Palmer woman accused of having sex with a teenager.
Josie Murphy, 34, turned herself in Monday on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch.
Murphy was indicted by a grand jury last week on four total counts of first- and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and turned herself into troopers after an arrest warrant was issued.
At a bail hearing on Wednesday, Assistant District Attorney Melissa Wininger-Howard said the teen reported Murphy had sex with them about 30 times between the ages of 13 and 16. The state was concerned about releasing Murphy under the supervision of the Pretrial Enforcement Division (PED) because officers can't constantly monitor the suspect's internet usage and social media accounts.
A man who identified himself as the victim's father spoke to the court and asked that Murphy remain in jail.
"She's a manipulator and I believe if she gets out she'll do the same thing," he said. "She's going to try to search for my [child] like she's been doing. I don't believe she should get out at all."
Bail was initially set at $100,000 but Palmer Judge David Zwink reset the bail arrangement so Murphy will only have to pay $21,000 in order to be released.
The judge also ordered Murphy to be on house arrest with PED supervision and she can have no access to social media.
Alaska's online court records system lists the dates of offenses as between January 2016 and September 2018.
Heather Hintze contributed to this report.
If you or someone you know are a survivor of sexual abuse and you would like to talk to someone, you can call STAR at 907-276-7273 or toll-free at 800-478-8999. STAR also has resources available on their its website.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated Murphy was arraigned on Wednesday. She was arraigned Jan. 29 and appeared for a bail hearing Wednesday, Jan. 30. This has been amended.
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