Air Force member arrested on sex assault charges

Nicholas B. Murphy (Photo: Plainfield Police)

PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — A 26-year-old Rhode Island man is under arrest accused of having sex with a 14-year-old Plainfield girl.

The investigation began as a missing persons case in September of 2015. The missing girl returned home several hours later and it was discovered she had been in the company of Nicholas B. Murphy of Exeter.

Police say Murphy began speaking to the girl via social media last year. While on leave from the Air Force, investigators say Murphy and the girl met up and had sexual relations.

Murphy faces two counts of sexual assault in the second degree and two counts of illegal sexual contact. He is being held on a $50,000 bond is due back in court on May 15.