Volunteer Scottsdale high school football coach accused of child sex crimes in Nebraska

Sep 21, 2023, 8:50 AM | Updated: 9:25 am

A man is seen in handcuffs in a stock photo. Jerardo Jay Rosales, 39 was arrested Wednesday in the ...

A man is seen in handcuffs in a stock photo. Jerardo Jay Rosales, 39 was arrested Wednesday in the shooting of a federal officer in Tucson. (Pexels Photo)

(Pexels Photo)

PHOENIX – A volunteer football coach at a Scottsdale high school has been accused of child sex crimes in Nebraska, authorities said.

Nicholas Murphy, 43, made his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday on a charge of transportation of a minor for the purpose of engaging in criminal sexual activity, the FBI said.

According to Omaha TV station WOWT, Murphy is accused of taking a female younger than 18 from Omaha to Tucson in October 2021.

A judge ordered him to stop coaching while he awaits trial because he is not allowed to have contact with minors, the station reported.

How did Scottsdale district respond to Murphy’s arrest?

Murphy had been working with the Desert Mountain High School freshman football team as a volunteer. He wasn’t employed by the school or the Scottsdale Unified School District.

The district sent the following message to Desert Mountain families Wednesday night:

Earlier this evening we learned that one of our volunteer freshman football coaches has been indicted in the state of Nebraska. We want you to know that this person cleared a background check and had level one fingerprint clearance prior to being permitted to volunteer with our program. Upon learning of these out-of-state legal proceedings, he will no longer be volunteering with our program or anywhere in our district.

Should you believe that anyone in our district is behaving in an inappropriate manner with a student, we urge you to report it immediately. The safety and security of our students is our top priority.

Authorities seek help identifying other possible victims

Murphy co-owned the Dance Authority dance studio in Omaha from 2012 to 2022, the FBI said. He sold the studio and moved to Scottsdale with his family last year, according to WOWT.

The FBI and the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office have asked the public for help identifying other potential victims who attended the Murphy’s dance studio. Information can be submitted online or by calling the FBI Omaha field office at 402-493-8688.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News


Nick Borgia

City of Avondale announces grand opening of sand volleyball complex

The City of Avondale announced the grand opening of a new sand volleyball complex. It is located at The BLVD.

2 hours ago

Park Algodon: $250M development breaks ground in Phoenix...

Construction starts on Park Algodon, a Phoenix industrial and mixed-use project

Developers broke ground on a $250 million industrial and mixed-use project called Park Algodon on May 22, 2024, officials said.

2 hours ago

Clothes, shoes, toys for Arizona boys in foster care needed, Foster Alliance in Phoenix says...

Serena O'Sullivan

Foster Alliance needs clothes, shoes and toys for Arizona boys

Foster Alliance, Arizona's top provider of essential needs for kids in foster care, is urging Valley residents to donate kids' clothes.

3 hours ago

(KTAR News Photo)...

Mike Broomhead

Amazing Arizonans: Pat McMahon discusses media career, how he ended up in Phoenix

Pat McMahon talks about the glory days of the Wallace and Ladmo show and his radio, television and music career on this edition of Amazing Arizonans.

3 hours ago


Juvenile male suffers gunshot injury in south Phoenix

A juvenile male suffered a gunshot injury in south Phoenix on Tuesday night, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

9 hours ago


Residents outside Kearny evacuated due to Simmons fire

Residents outside of Kearny have been placed on "GO-EVACUATE" status due to the Simmons fire, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Beat the heat, ensure your AC unit is summer-ready

With temperatures starting to rise across the Valley, now is a great time to be sure your AC unit is ready to withstand the sweltering summer heat.



Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

Volunteer Scottsdale high school football coach accused of child sex crimes in Nebraska