Foster parent denies misconduct with child

By Kristin M. Kraemer, Herald staff writer

A foster parent is accused of inappropriately touching a child.

David Wayne Murphey, 59, of Prosser pleaded innocent to second-degree sexual misconduct with a minor. His trial is set to start Nov. 28.

According to court documents, the girl told Benton County sheriff's detectives that Murphey had sexual contact with her three times in five months.

The alleged contact included kissing the girl, fondling and grabbing and rubbing against her, documents said.

Murphey has been ordered to have no contact with the girl while the case is pending. He is free without bail.