Trooper who leaked Tsarnaev photos gets reassigned

State trooper Sean Murphy (left) entering disciplinary hearing. Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
State trooper Sean Murphy (left), entering his disciplinary hearing in July, was reassigned to Athol. Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

The Massachusetts State Police sergeant who leaked photos of the arrest of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was reassigned. 

Sgt. Sean Murphy was moved to the Athol barracks for midnight patrol, according to a Facebook page created to support him. The page has more than 67,000 likes.

A state police spokesman said the reassignment was not meant as punishment, but as a move while Murphy’s investigation is ongoing, according to the Globe.

Murphy leaked photos of Tsarnaev to Boston magazine in July after the accused bomber appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The photos Murphy leaked showed a bloody Tsarnaev with a sniper’s red dot trained on him during the April 19 arrest.

A disciplinary hearing was held shortly after the leak and Murphy was placed on restricted duty. The investigation is ongoing.

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