Convicted Molester, 'Super 8' Casting Assistant Arrested

Registered sex offender Jason James Murphy has been working in movie casting for much of the past decade under a different name.

A 35-year-old convicted child sex offender who had been working as a casting director surrendered Friday on charges of failing to inform authorities that he had changed his name and moved.

turned himself in at the after a warrant for $500,000 was issued for his arrest, said Lt. Mary Leef of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He was released a few hours later, Leef said.

Murphy was convicted in 1996 of kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old child in Washington, and served five years in prison. Recently he had been working as a casting director, including finding and casting young actors for films Bad News Bears and Super 8.

Murphy met with investigators at the station on April 22, 2009 and registered as a sex offender as required by law, Leef said.

At that time, Murphy said he lived in West Hollywood and signed forms "advising him that he was responsible to report any change of residence or any name changes or use of an alias as is required by the legislation," Leef said.

Based on information provided to the sheriff's department by the news media and other law enforcement agencies regarding Murphy's employment activities, an investigation was conducted with detectives confirming Murphy had not been living in West Hollywood, in violation of the law, Leef said.

"Detectives determined Murphy had violated sections of the penal code relating to notification of law enforcement when using an alias and notification of law enforcement when moving out of their jurisdiction," Leef said.

Detectives filed a criminal complaint with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office in Beverly Hills and a warrant for $500,000 was issued, Leef said.

Murphy is scheduled to be in court next on Jan. 18 in the Beverly Hills Courthouse, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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sinaida kniter December 10, 2011 at 06:32 PM
5 years for kidnapping and molesting a 8 y.old child ?! The child is facing a life of misery and he gets 5 years! I'm sure the judge doesn't have children and doesn't comprehend the ferocity of this crime.
Wendy December 11, 2011 at 06:30 AM
It's pretty hard to get a good job right now and this convicted child molester landed a good one. I wonder what turns a man into a Sandusky
Hiro Protagonist December 11, 2011 at 07:18 PM
How do you know? Maybe the kid liked it.
iz December 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM
predetors like jason find ways to do it he didnt slip thru the cracks.he was in compliance at the time. the question is did not the employers of the agencies he worked for ever ask for a high school diploma? or collage degree for the work he was doing? any wayz i have known jason since the day he went to jail his obbsesion for boys was very un nervey even for a sesoned out law gone good like my self but bealive every one knows about me.. I spent three years with Jason in the same cell his devient beahior also got him in trouble with in the prison, How ever no doubt in my mind that he has boys in his life close ones and jason has a pholosphy he always said a happy kid is a quite kid.. We all knew his plans when he left prison but never in a million years did i ever think he would pull it off and succeed....
iz December 16, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Fifteen years ago laws were diffrent refering to the guy saying he liked it. Bealive it or not the state of washighton always looks at the willingness of the child before the sentance is passed down.. In the Murphy case wich is sealed cuz more then ten years has passed the child was ripped from jason"s arms on the side walk out side of the motel where they were staying, In th he honey moon suite and the boy who had full knowladge on how they were leaving the state according to jasons interagation did not want to go with the police. with that said plus the new sex offendor treatment pilot program at the time of his convition o yea beafore i forget his daddy is a judge and mom a teacher they gave him the most stictest sentance of the time five years... if any one wants more info on jason i have alot of scoop on him plus pics of me and him in prison to proof i know him and his sick love and obbsesion for young boys....
iz December 16, 2011 at 01:11 AM
Holy moley No way!!!!!!!!! i started looking at the boys Jason has casted Wow although his victim is now 23 all the boys resemble his victim in some way. Jason murphys vicitm is televised on Americas most Wanted by an inrview that Jon wahl did with the boy i wont use his name for respect.. unbealivable Jason also was repremanded ofr having his victims picture in his cell and also contact with the victim after he was convicted so we all know what the victim looks like by Jason's ommision to the pictures he circulated in Prison with other sex offendors in the special housing unit they had him in... Man this is crazy they all resemble that boy amazing!!! They should hold his parents accountable for helping him prusue his sickness by providing him with the means to make this happend. He might not have hurt some one of the casts but thru the years who knows knowing Jason i cant see him not doing anything I remember one time he was barred from watching tv after a correctional officer found him masterbating to nude tribal kids on the discovery channel....
Wendy December 16, 2011 at 03:39 AM
I wonder why he is smiling with so much confidence in that booking photo with his height of 72 -73 inches in the background? He is totally feeling good. I got a feeling that whoever hired him had the hots for him and maybe he performed some favors for his boss who in turn overlooked standard hiring background checks. It's well known what a person has to do in the studios to get a part or job.


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