A former law enforcement officer in this area who is already under Grand Jury indictment in Angelina County in a child sexual assault case has now been indicted on two new charges related to the case.
39-year-old Billy Joe “B.J.” Murphy, of Huntington, was indicted Wednesday on two felony counts of tampering with a witness.
Murphy worked at the Angelina County Sheriff’s Department before he was hired on at the Jasper Police Department.
Murphy was originally arrested in November of 2017 on a charge of sexual assault of a child following an investigation by the Texas Rangers. He was then freed from the Angelina County Jail on a $75,000.00 bond.
Following his arrest, the Jasper Police Department placed him on paid administrative leave.
Murphy was then indicted by the Angelina County Grand Jury in March of 2018 on a charge of sexual assault of a child.
The Jasper City Council then scheduled a special called meeting a few days later to make a decision about his job status, but before that meeting took place, Murphy resigned.
The latest indictments against Murphy alleges that on August 1st, 2018, Murphy threatened to have felony criminal charges filed against the father of the alleged victim in an effort to coerce her to withhold testimony at trial. The indictments also allege that Murphy, on October 16th, 2017, tried to get the alleged victim to withhold testimony by threatening her parents with physical harm.
Murphy has been arrested again on the latest charges, and he was later released on a $100,000.00 bond.