Sexual assault suspect is arrested in Anna


The Joint East Texas Task Force including deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshal Service, and investigators with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office, arrested Mark Allen Murphy, 43, at his Anna home Friday. The charges filed against Murphy through an investigation made by Sherman police, are aggravated sexual assault and injury to the disabled with intent.

Murphy posted $50,000 bail in surety bonds Saturday for his release, and is represented by Sherman attorney Bob Jarvis, who was not available by telephone Tuesday.

Affidavits filed with the Grayson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 office state that Murphy is accused of fondling a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ in August 2010. The victim reported the abuse to a medical doctor and an internal investigation began.

WNJ spokeswoman Cathy Black said that as soon as the hospital authorities learned of the accusation, they reported it to the proper authorities. The case was reported to the Texas Board of Nursing. Black also stated that Murphy ceased working at the facility very shortly afterward.

Eventually, according to the court documents, the suspect was placed on probation by the Texas Board of Nursing.

When the D.A.’s office received the case from Sherman police, according to the documents, they called in Texas Ranger Brad Oliver, who determined that Murphy was currently employed with another Sherman hospital. Sherman detectives subpoenaed information from WNJ, and Black said the hospital has complied with the investigation at every step.

Murphy did speak with hospital and state investigators, the documents show, but declined to speak with the local ones on the advice of his attorney. Grayson County S.O. Sgt. Rickey Wheeler said the arrest was uneventful, that the task force went to the suspect’s home in Anna and knocked on the door. He answered it and was taken into custody without a problem.