Scuba Diving Instructor

November 27, 2011 by staff 

Scuba Diving Instructor, A professionally accredited scuba diving instructor was charged Tuesday by the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office with a single count of possession of child p*rnography.

Keith Mel Murphy, 62, of River Street, Scranton, was charged after a nearly year-long investigation spurred by a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

According to an affidavit: ackawanna County detectives received a tip about possible child exploitation in Dec. 2010 concerning several uploaded images of child p*rn from a email address. The target had also been reported in numerous CyberTipline reports.

Using a variety of searches on social networks and through several search engines, detectives tracked profiles on Tagged, Yahoo, and MySpace to Murphy using his alleged email addresses.

Detectives visited Murphy’s home in June. At that time, Murphy told investigators that he used his computer to run his business as a training director, examiner and dive medic instructor with the Professional Diving Instructors Corporation International.

Investigators then told him about the various reports regarding the trading of images of nu*e boys, and he “acknowledged that he does use the computer and internet (sic) for those types of searches.” He also allegedly told officials that he “has been hmosxl his whole life,” has an “attraction to teenage boys,” and that he didn’t believe there was anything wrong with searching for explicit images of teen boys on the Internet.

Detectives allegedly discovered a single image of a nu*e boy, estimated to be 9 years old, on Murphy’s computer.

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