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Hollywood Casting Assistant Investigated after Revelation of Sex Crime Conviction

December 16, 2011 | Posted In Recent News - Criminal Law

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating a Hollywood casting assistant who was convicted of a sex crime 15 years ago.  The man, Jason James Murphy, has been working in Hollywood for the past several years as a casting assistant who hires child actors.

In 1996, Murphy was convicted of the kidnapping of an 8-year-old boy.  He was sentenced to five years in prison, which he served, and he moved to California after being released.  He began working as a casting assistant and has had a fairly successful career casting child actors in some major blockbuster movies.  However, neither the parents of the children he worked with, nor the studios he collaborated with, had any knowledge of his conviction.

That changed when the director of Super 8, the new movie that Murphy is casting for, found out about his sex crime conviction and informed the executives at Paramount Studios. The executives then got in touch with the police who began an investigation about Murphy's activities since his sex-crime conviction. 

Records show that, as per the terms of his release from prison, Murphy did indeed register as a sex offender in the federal sex offender registry.  There are also no reports about any child being sexually abused or molested by Murphy since his conviction and release.  Police say he is cooperating with all investigations.

As a convicted sex offender, Murphy is prohibited from working with children and is required to inform police about any changes in his name or address.  Los Angeles police are thus investigating his career as a casting assistant for child actors.  They are also investigating his use of the name Jason James, which he used throughout his career instead of his full name of Jason James Murphy.

The New Jersey criminal defense lawyers at Helmer Paul Conley and Kasselman represent persons who have been charged with DUI, sex crimes, drug crimes, fraud, assault, murder and other crimes across New Jersey. 

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