Taylor Middle-High School coach arrested for sex act with student

Keyunta Murphy, 23, of Pierson, is charged with lewd or lascivious battery on a victim under 16, using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Keyunta Murphy, 23, of Pierson, is charged with lewd or lascivious battery on a victim under 16, using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

A Taylor Middle-High School volleyball coach and campus adviser was arrested around midnight Monday on charges of performing a sex act on a 14-year-old student in a gym bathroom at the Pierson school, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Keyunta Murphy, 23, of Pierson, is charged with lewd or lascivious battery on a victim under 16, using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child, and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said the agency was alerted to the alleged incident around 2 p.m. Monday, after the victim’s mother contacted the school resource deputy at Taylor Middle-High.

The mother told the deputy her son said he was sexually abused by a school staff member around noon the same day.

The VCSO’s Child Exploitation Unit responded to investigate, and a Child Protection Team case coordinator interviewed the victim, who said Murphy contacted him during class and told him to come to the office with him.

“The victim agreed, but instead of going to the office, the two went to a gym bathroom on the middle school side of campus. There, the victim said Murphy performed oral sex on him inside a bathroom stall,” said Gant. “The victim indicated he and Murphy had previously conversed through [photo-sharing smartphone app] Instagram, and Murphy had offered in an Instagram message to pay the victim ‘$200 to touch it.’”

According to Gant, a detective reviewed Instagram messages between Murphy and the victim and confirmed they had discussed Monday’s meeting in the gym bathroom. The detective also found messages from Murphy asking for photos of the victim’s genitals and offering to pay him.

Murphy did not speak to detectives as he was arrested early Tuesday morning.

He is currently being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail on $50,000 bail.

No other potential victims have been identified; however, Gant said the Sheriff’s Office is asking parents and guardians to talk with their children and report any information about additional incidents to detectives at the Child Exploitation Unit.

The Child Exploitation Unit can be reached at 386-323-3574, or through Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS.

Information also can be submitted by downloading the smartphone app from the Crime Stoppers website, www.westopcrime.com.

 

— Anthony DeFeo, anthony@beacononlinenews.com

 
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