Accused Bainbridge Teacher Caught in Renton

A former high school science teacher accused of keeping child pornography on his home and work computers was arrested today by Renton police for violating terms of his bail agreement, according to Bainbridge Island police.

Charles Patrick Murphy, 46, was arrested Jan. 18 for having “images and videos of adolescent boys” on a home and classroom computer, according to police and court reports. The Bainbridge Island School District fired him from his teaching job at Bainbridge High School.

He posted $40,000 bail following his arraignment Jan. 19. Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Weiss said Murphy has violated two conditions of his release: He had been living at unknown address different than the one he gave to court officials and he had contact with minors other than his son.


Murphy is charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. His trial is set to begin Sept. 6.

Renton police arrested Murphy shortly after 7 p.m. today, Weiss said.

He’s being held at the King County jail until he’s transported to Kitsap County jail. His bail is set at $150,000, Weiss said.

Aside from his teaching duties on Bainbridge, Murphy also was an adjunct faculty member at the Olympic College Poulsbo campus.

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