03-31-2004, 12:34 AM #1Former Member
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TX - NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy charged with molestation
Hall of Fame basketball player and Houston icon Calvin Murphy was charged Monday with sexually molesting five of his daughters more than a decade ago.
Murphy, a television commentator for the Rockets, surrendered to authorities after being charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child, said Lance Long, a Harris County assistant district attorney.
The charges involve five grown daughters who said Murphy sexually abused them between 1988 and 1991, when they were under 17, according to an affidavit by the Texas Rangers.
Murphy surrendered at a Harris County jail Monday night and later was released after posting $90,000 bail.
Murphy, the Houston Rockets No. 2 all-time leading scorer, had no comment when he surrendered. But at a hastily assembled news conference Monday night, his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Murphy is not guilty.
"He adamantly denies the charges," Hardin said. "We've investigated these charges for a couple weeks and we are just as convinced it did not happen as the district attorney's office is that it did."
Hardin said Murphy is "absolutely devastated" by the allegations because "he spent his whole life in the public arena and he knows people are going to assume it's true." Hardin said he wished the charges had been presented to a grand jury.
Hardin said the allegations are an attempt to get back at Murphy because he wouldn't give the women money. He said that three daughters wanted retirement money their mother left to Murphy after she died in a car accident. Hardin also said that because of past financial troubles Murphy doesn't have the financial means people assume he has.
03-31-2004, 07:15 AM #2Inactive
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Seems like a long time before they spoke up.
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