Social worker admits to lying on documents involving child sex abuse

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

Margaret "Geri" Murphy was quiet in court while admitting that between 2006 and 2010 she filed paperwork filled with un-truths about investigations involving children.

Among the more disturbing cases listed in her indictment, the sexual abuse of a three-year-old by their biological father. In the paperwork, Murphy stated she and a state trooper interviewed the man and the trooper later closed the case. But, Murphy later admitted she never contacted troopers or the father.

In another sexual abuse case, Murphy admitted after getting caught, that she was "bothered" by this one because she'd falsified documents. An 11-year-old was sexually abused by her father and Murphy made up details and closed the investigation.

"The damage is done," explained Tabitha Stratton, a victim, outside the Lawrenceburg court room. "But I feel some relief because it's over and she's admitted her guilt."

Stratton says her case was among the 9 botched by Murphy and she says this former social worker is worse than those committing crimes.

"She's worse because she went to school for this. She took an oath. She told all of us that she would protect the children. That's what social workers do."

After several years work culminated in Murphy's arrest, Stratton says she wants changes.

"The system is broken. And somebody's going to need to fix it. And somebody needs to make sure she pays for what she's done."

Murphy was indicted on these charges by a grand jury in August of 2001. She has been living in Florida for at least the last year. Her sentencing is scheduled for July 24, 2012.


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