- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sgt. Sean Murphy, the Massachusetts state trooper who leaked photographs of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s real look during his capture and arrest — not the rock-star image portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine — is back on the job, a spokesman for the department said Thursday.

He’s been sent to the Athol barracks in the northern-central part of the state, The Associated Press reported. Spokesman David Procopio said the assignment is not punishment.

Sgt. Murphy served a short stint on desk duty before his return to duty last week at the new post. The investigation of his photo release is still ongoing.


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He didn’t deny he released the photos, which displayed the bombing suspect covered in blood. But he said he was frustrated at the image slapped on Rolling Stone’s cover, depicting the 19-year-old in a glamour shot that reminded many of The Doors’ frontman, Jim Morrison.

Sgt. Murphy’s actions sparked a huge community swell of support that even saw a Facebook page launched in his honor, titled “Save Sgt. Murphy.”