Molester Helped Cast Hollywood Child Actors
Sex offender Jason Murphy worked under a different name
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2011 5:02 AM CST
Murphy registered as a sex offender in California in 2005.   (Washington Corrections Department)

(Newser) – A conviction for kidnapping and molesting an 8-year-old boy in 1996 didn't prevent Jason James Murphy from forging a successful career in Hollywood casting—recruiting child actors for movies including Super 8 and Bad News Bears. Murphy, 35, moved to California after completing a 5-year prison sentence in Washington state. He was required to register as a sex offender, but he worked under the name Jason James and did not register the alias, the Los Angeles Times reports.

There have been no known complaints about Murphy behaving inappropriately with minors, but police are investigating whether he was in compliance with state rules for sex offenders. Super 8 director JJ Abrams says that he only learned about Murphy's background this week, and after doing so he notified Paramount, which notified authorities. "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 says. "To think that someone like this was among us is unthinkable."

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Nov 18, 2011 9:38 PM CST
Would a Newser in California go beat the smile off of that fuck's face? Thanks in advance.
Nov 18, 2011 9:17 PM CST
When you employ or contract with people who work around or with children and minors do a fingerprint background check. Just because they were or are no complaints doesn't mean he is innocent of a sex crime with child/children.
Nov 18, 2011 9:11 PM CST
Too Funny.... Some dude on here laments about this guy being a liberal (Barak_Must_Go) and how democrat sexual deviants are coming out.... This Barak* poster has the IQ of a glass of milk... This guy was trying to date my wife back in the day.. Fact, one time I called her parents house to talke to her and the FBI was at her house trying to track this guy down ... So here's the KICKER!! He was a VERY conservative GOPer!!!! Like Apples Mr. Barak_Must_Go? Truth hurts huh?