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Benched Delray Sex Offender Off the Bench

In the last few weeks, we've brought you the story of Ronald Murphy, the convicted rapist forced to sleep on a bench outside his parole officer's building in Delray Beach. (You can read some background here, here, and here.)

Well this week Murphy moved from his bench to a new address in Broward County, where his sex offense originally occurred.

While it's still not clear whose idea it was for Murphy to sleep on the bench for nearly two months, a Florida Department of Corrections spokesperson explained that Murphy and his parole officer had been unable to find a permanent residence that fit the local and state sex offender ordinances, like the code that forces registered sex offenders to live at least 2,500 feet from every school, playground, and park.

More on Murphy's case to come.

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Michael J. Mooney

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