Trooper in photo flap on patrol
BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts state trooper who leaked arrest photos of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is back on patrol.
Sgt. Sean Murphy, who previously had been stationed at department headquarters in Framingham, is now assigned to the Athol barracks in north-central Massachusetts, state police spokesman David Procopio said Thursday.
The assignment that started last week is not punishment for the unauthorized release of 14 photos, some of which showed a battered and bloodied Tsarnaev with the red dot of a sniper’s rifle scope in the middle of his forehead, Procopio said. “That investigation is still under way,” he said.
Troopers assigned to the Athol barracks are responsible for patrolling the largely rural towns in the area as well as Route 2, the main east-west artery in the region.
Murphy’s lawyer did not return a message Thursday.