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April 18, 2011

News Release from the Office of Catholic Education
(Corrected Employment History Information)
Regarding the Arrest of Mr. Francis Murphy, Athletic Director
for Archbishop Carroll High School

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has received notice that Mr. Francis Murphy, Athletic Director for Archbishop John Carroll High School, was arrested by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office and charged with unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors.

Mr. Murphy is now on administrative leave, which means he is relieved of all duties related to his employment within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been athletic director at Archbishop Carroll since 1999, where he began his coaching career in 1993, and has most recently served as the boys' baseball coach and offensive coordinator of the football team. He previously served as the boys' baseball coach and assistant football coach at Kennedy-Kenrick High School from 1996 to 1998. All of the required criminal background checks and child abuse clearances were in place.

School administrators sent a letter via e-mail to school families today informing them of the arrest. "The letter conveyed to parents how troubling this news is for the members of our school community," said Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "It also reaffirmed our pledge to parents that the prevention of child abuse and protection of children is our primary concern."

The Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia recognizes that this public notice may be painful to those who have been abused. If anyone needs assistance please contact the Victim Assistance Office for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 1-888-800-8780 or

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Editor's Note: For more information about resources available to parents please visit Creating a Network of Prevention and Protection at

Donna M. Farrell
Director of Communications

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