A 25-year-old Guilford man is facing charges after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl and "sexting" at least four other teens, according to police.
Jason Murphy was arrested in March and charged with sexually assaulting the young teen. While police were investigating, they learned that Murphy had also reportedly had explicit conversations with a number of other young girls on Kik Messenger, an instant messaging app that allows users to talk to friends and meet other users.
According to police, Murphy sent the girls nude photos and asked them to do the same, even after learning their ages. Police said he then tried to meet them in person.
Police have identified four victims – teens ages 14 and 15 – and met with their families. The investigation is ongoing and police expect to file more charges as they discover other potential victims.
Murphy was served with four warrants Thursday afternoon charging him with enticing a minor and risk of injury to a minor. His bond was set at a total of $650,000.
Police are encouraging parents to talk with their children about the dangers of Internet chatting sites.
The app warns that users must be 17 years old to download it, but that evidently hasn't stopped minors from downloading Kik.
A spokesperson for Kik issued a statement saying, "The safety and well being of our users is extremely important," adding that it's rated 17+ in the app store in an effort to keep users safe.
No one at Murphy's home in Guilford answered the door when NBC Connecticut stopped by to ask for a comment.