Hollywood casting agent exposed as registered child molester

Nov 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Sex Offenders

A registered child predator, Jason James Murphy managed to avoid detection by employers using the trade name Jason James. He cast numerous children in many films.

Molester helped cast child actors

News that a registered sex offender worked under another name raises questions for studios and police.

Dawn C. Chmielewski and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A small-town boy from Washington state, Jason James Murphy has spent much of the last decade working his way up in the world of Hollywood movie casting. He’s helped place actors, including children, on a variety of movies, from small independent films to last summer’s science fiction hit “Super 8.”

But few of the power players he encountered knew his secret: He is a registered sex offender who was convicted of kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in suburban Seattle 15 years ago.

This week, J.J. Abrams, the director and co-producer of “Super 8,” one of the most prized titles on Murphy’s resume, found out. On Thursday, Los Angeles police began looking into whether Murphy was in compliance with state registration requirements for sex offenders.

“It’s shocking and it’s devastating, not just as a filmmaker but as a father and someone who is entrusted to make sure that everyone I work with, especially children, are safe,” Abrams said. “To think that someone like this was among us is unthinkable.”

Murphy, 35, who uses the professional name Jason James, also placed young actors in the forthcoming film “The Three Stooges,” according to those who have worked with him. He also worked on “Bad News Bears,” “The School of Rock” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.”

After serving five years in prison for the 1996 crime in the Seattle area, Murphy underwent sex-offender counseling. When he moved to California in 2005, the state performed an evaluation and required him to register as a sex offender, making his name and photo publicly available. But the listing is under his original last name, in effect screening it from those who know him only as Jason James…(Full text at Los Angeles Times)

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11 Comments to “Hollywood casting agent exposed as registered child molester”

  1. Bob Walsh says:

    I admit to surprise that a sex offender is legally allowed to operate under an alias. Then again maybe he isn’t and nobody found out until now.

    • pacovilla says:

      The law does not speak to the issue of trade names and the like. There has been at least one case where a sex offender tried to legally change his name….never heard how it turned out. A supervised sex offender would not be allowed to do so.

    • kl2008a says:

      At face value, it would appear that this guy has Dean of Students Edward R. Rooney beat by a hair – a “minor” technicality.

  2. kl2008a says:

    Well, at least he didn’t use the last name of Polanski. That might have raised some red flags.

    • pacovilla says:

      It might have but I doubt it. They still love the guy in tinsel town.

      • Bob Walsh says:

        Why shouldn’t they. All he did was drug and rape a 13-year old girl. It’s not like he’s a bad person. Just misunderstood.

        • Howie Katz says:

          Bob, how dare you besmirch poor old Roman Polanski!? Hasn’t he suffered enough all these years having to live in exile in Paris just because he had sex with a young girl? He is a victim of our Victorian moral laws. Most of the rest of the world accepts older men having sex with young girls. All of France and all of Hollywood is firmly behind this talented man and you have to come and rain on their parade. Have you no shame?

          • Bob Walsh says:

            What can I say. I guess I am just a narrow-minded, reactionary, judgmental asshole.

          • pacovilla says:

            Very well put, Howie. However, it should be noted an old man bedding/wedding a teenager was not taboo during the Victorian age. People may have sniffed at it but…

            • Bob Walsh says:

              It wasn’t uncommon in late 19th century and early 20th century America. though it was almost always an economic decision. Civil War veterans would marry third or four daughters of some family would could not marry them off otherwise. They took care of the old guy during his old age and they got his widow’s pension. I understand the U. S. government is still paying out a dozen or so civil war widow’s pensions.

              • pacovilla says:

                Last Civil War Widows

                The last-known Union widow, Gertrude Janeway, died in Jan. 2003 in Tennessee. John Janeway joined the Union army in 1864 and was briefly a POW at Andersonville. The couple married in 1927, after waiting three years until Gertrude turned 18. John was 81.

                The person thought to be the last-known Confederate widow, Alberta Martin, was born Dec, 4, 1906, and died at age 97 in Alabama on May 31, 2004. In 1927, at age 21, she married William Jasper Martin, then 81. Martin joined the Confederate army in May 1864. Upon her husband’s death, she married his grandson from his first marriage.

                The publicity surrounding Alberta Martin’s death prompted relatives of Maudie Celia Hopkins of Arkansas to reveal that the 89-year-old was in fact the last civil war widow. Hopkins married 86-year-old William Cantrell on Feb. 2, 1934, when she was 19. She did so to escape poverty, but kept quiet about the unusual marriage, “I thought people would gossip about it.” Cantrell, who served in the Virginia Infantry, supported her with his Confederate pension of “$25 every two or three months” until his death in 1937. Hopkins has outlived three other husbands.

                Read more: Last Civil War Widows — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0908934.html