Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
Two Arrests in Case of Mother Trafficking Her 14-year Old Daughter For Sex
King County -- Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) and the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) have wrapped up a troubling sex abuse case tonight with the arrest of a final suspect by authorities in Oklahoma.
Late last month WSP detectives arrested a 46-year old Carnation woman on allegations that she’d offered her 14-year old daughter to a truck driver for sex. The case came to light after the girl bravely went to police and reported the abuse. Detectives interviewed the mother and obtained enough information to arrest her for Promoting Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor.
The girl and a sibling were removed from the family home and placed into protective custody by Child Protective Services.
With the mother in custody and the victim safely in state care, detectives focused on the remaining suspect: the truck driver who had abused the teenager in his semi-truck while parked along I-90.
Detectives identified the driver as Bryan T. Murphy, 38, of Miami, OK, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. With the assistance of Oklahoma’s Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force, Miami OK Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Marshal Service, Murphy was taken into custody without incident. Murphy is currently booked in the Ottawa County Jail awaiting extradition back to Washington State.
“This is a brave young lady," said Captain Roger Wilbur of the Patrol's Investigative Assistance Division. "We hope every young person who is the victim of sexual abuse will follow her example. "Our detectives work to get children to safety, and hold their abusers accountable."
MECTF is a multi-agency task force within the WSP comprised of detectives from the WSP and the Shelton Police Department. MECTF provides support to local agencies across the state in cases involving missing and abducted children and child exploitation.