Murphy resigns from posts as county Republican chair, federation
president; contends sexual contact with 22-year-old was consensual
The chairman of the Clark County, Indiana Republican Party who last month was elected president of the Young Republican National Federation has resigned both posts, apparently in the wake of a criminal investigation for sexual assault on another man.
Several online sources this week reported that the Glenn Murphy Jr., 33, resigned after being accused of sexually assaulting another man on July 29 after a Young Republicans Party.
He, however, said in a letter he sent to a reporter on Tuesday, Aug. 7, said he had resigned because his company, December Media, had won a contract that includes a stipulation that Murphy not hold any partisan political office.
Murphy has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
According to a police report filed by the Clark County, Indiana Sheriff’s office, the alleged assault on the 22-year-old man took place in the Jeffersonville, Indiana home of the 22-year-old alleged victim’s sister. The woman had convinced both men to spend the night there because they had been drinking at the party.
The younger man told police he woke up the following morning to find Murphy fondling himself while performing oral sex on the younger man. He said he pushed Murphy away and left.
His sister has said that when she confronted Murphy later, he admitted he had performed sex on her brother.
The Web site Taking Down Words has reported that Murphy is being investigated for committing criminal deviate conduct, a Class B felony.
Larry O. Wilder, who identified himself as Murphy’s attorney, posted a letter posted to the TowelRoad Web site which said that Murphy has not been arrested or charged with any crime, and that Murphy “contends that the events that took place that evening were as between two consenting adults.”
According to reports published online on Wednesday, Aug. 8, by the Shelbyville Daily Union, Wilder said that Murphy met with the alleged victim and the alleged victim’s sister after the incident occurred, and that their conversation was taped without Murphy’s knowledge.
The attorney said he has already listened to the tape and that Murphy contends throughout it his belief that the sex act of which he has been accused was consensual.
According to a pair of police reports, the alleged victim and his sister claim Murphy contacted them several times after the alleged incident occurred to inquire as to whether they were going to file a report with police, the Daily Union reported.
In 1998, a 21-year-old male filed a similar report with Clarksville police claiming Murphy attempted to perform a sex act on him while he was sleeping. Charges were never filed in that case.
Murphy had been viewed as a rising star in the Indiana and national GOP.
His consulting firm has advised congressional candidates like that of former U.S. Rep. Mike Sodrel, and Murphy often ecnourages candidates to use wedge issues such as gay marriage to promote his candidates, according to the Web site TowelRoad.com.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 10, 2007