Bayville Man Broke Social Distancing to Meet Underage Girl in Morris Plains

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MORRIS PLAINS, NJ – Robert Murphy, 19, of Bayville traveled a long distance, violating Governor Murphy’s stay-at-home order to meet an underaged girl, according to Morris Plains Police.

Murphy, made the connection through social media and arranged to meet the girl late last night at a community park, but police were waiting for him when he arrived.

Robert Murphy, 19, of Bayville, N.J., was charged by the Morris Plains Police Department and Morris County Prosecutor’s Office with attempted aggravated sexual assault (2nd degree), endangering the welfare of a child (3rd degree), and violating the emergency orders. Murphy allegedly had arranged to meet an underage girl last night, April 21, at Community Park in Morris Plains for sexual activity. He had contacted the girl through social media. The victim’s parents became aware in advance and alerted police, who arrested Murphy when he showed up at the park at about 11 p.m.

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