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The Latest: Former airman sentenced in child sex case

This undated booking photo provided by the Plainfield, Connecticut, Police Department shows Nicholas Murphy. Murphy, a former airman who received an honorary discharge from the Air Force despite acknowledging he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old faces several years in federal prison on child sex charges. Murphy pleaded guilty in June to traveling from Rhode Island to Plainfield in 2015 to have sex with the girl. (Plainfield Connecticut Police Department via AP)
September 13, 2017 - 2:33 PM

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Latest on a former airman who had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old. (all times local):

5:30 p.m.

A former airman who received an honourable discharge from the Air Force despite acknowledging he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old has been sentenced to five years in federal prison on child sex charges.

Nicholas Murphy was sentenced Wednesday afternoon. He pleaded guilty in June to federal charges of travelling from Rhode Island to Plainfield, Connecticut, in 2015 to have sex with the girl.

Prosecutors say Murphy avoided a dishonourable discharge by convincing the Air Force that he believed the teen was at least 16 years old.

But authorities cast doubt on that story, saying the two communicated over Facebook, where the teen's page included her actual date of birth. They say she also had sent Murphy a message about being excited to start the ninth grade.

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1:15 p.m.

A former airman who received an honorary discharge from the Air Force despite acknowledging he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old faces several years in federal prison on child sex charges.

Nicholas Murphy has a sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon. He pleaded guilty in June to federal charges of travelling from Rhode Island to Plainfield, Connecticut, in 2015 to have sex with the girl.

Prosecutors say Murphy avoided a dishonourable discharge by convincing the Air Force that he believed the teen was at least 16 years old.

But authorities cast doubt on that story, saying the two communicated over Facebook, where the teen's page included her actual date of birth. They say she also had sent Murphy a message about being excited to start the ninth grade.

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