Hotel guest charged with sexually assaulting hotel employee

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – A hotel guest was arrested after he allegedly tricked a hotel employee into his room and made sexual advances towards her, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Joseph Murphy, 58, was arrested for sexual assault and forcible confinement.

According to reports, Murphy had been staying at the hotel since July 4.

A hotel worker told police on Thursday that when she delivered food to Murphy’s room, Murphy told her he “hoped to see you again,” according to reports.

Half an hour after delivering the food, Murphy called room service again, asking for lemons to be delivered.

The victim arrived at Murphy’s door and saw that the tray of food she had delivered earlier had remained untouched outside her door.

Murphy opened the door and told the victim to take the lemons to his room and put them on the desk.

When the victim did, the door closed and Murphy moved between the victim and the closed door.

The victim started walking towards the door and Murphy reportedly grabbed his arm with one hand.

When the victim told Murphy she had to leave, he grabbed her other arm with his free hand, according to reports.

Murphy began advancing on her and stopped her from leaving, according to reports.

The victim repeatedly asked Murphy to let her go, but he didn’t, according to reports.

Fearing what he would do, the victim told Murphy she was the only food server and promised she would be back in a few minutes if he let her go.

Murphy eventually lets her go.

The victim then left the room and contacted management.

The victim was shaking and clearly upset as he recounted the event with officers, according to reports.

Murphy is being held in the St. Joseph County Jail on $750 bond.

Kasandra J. Stone