A man with a long history of sexual violence in Newfoundland and Labrador has been arrested and charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and failure to comply with court orders.
In a press release Friday afternoon, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said it arrested and charged 63-year-old Dennis Murphy on Thursday morning in relation to an alleged assault earlier this week.
The RNC said it received a report Tuesday of sexual violence that had happened overnight in a neighbourhood in downtown St. John’s. A 31-year-old woman sustained physical injuries, say the police.
Murphy was arrested at a home in St. John’s on Thursday and was held to appear in provincial court.
In 2019, the RNC issued a warning about Murphy due to high-risk safety concerns upon his release from federal prison after serving a sentence for sexual offences against young women.
Within 48 hours of that warning Murphy was arrested for allegedly breaching two conditions of his release.
Murphy’s behaviour has been described as predatory — that he commits sexual offences against young and vulnerable females, often under 18 years old, by supplying them with drugs and alcohol.
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