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Former Estill Co. Teacher Arraigned On Charges Tied To Sex Abuse Case

Posted at 5:49 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 17:49:00-04

ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A former Estill County teacher made an appearance in court Tuesday morning for her arraignment.

Sherry Murphy’s attorney, Michael Eubanks, told LEX 18 that his client is worried, anxious and doesn’t understand why all of this is happening to her.

The former teacher has been indicted for charges pertaining to accusations she helped her boyfriend message minors for sex.

Police say Murphy helped her boyfriend, Torstein Torsteinson, get in contact with four girls back in September 2018. She is also accused of knowing he messaged them for sex, and not doing anything about it.

She entered a not guilty plea for both of her indictments Tuesday morning. The first pertaining to tampering with physical evidence by allegedly deleting messages off a victim’s cell phone. The second is an assault charge that Murphy’s lawyer claims involves her niece.

“The second indictment, I believe, the intimidation in the witness of an illegal proceeding in an assault deals with an allegation of something occurred with her niece who was staying with her,” said Eubanks.

Torsteinson was expected in court Tuesday morning as well, but was not present. The judge said he’d recall Torsteinson on another day.