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Former Prostitute Returns Home After Swaggart Saga

July 15, 1988

PATOKA, Ind. (AP) _ Debra Murphree, the prostitute who bared her soul and much more about fallen television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, has returned to her home town to live with her parents.

Ms. Murphree, 28, said she plans to earn a high school equivalency degree and become an interior decorator.

″Everybody’s happy to see me home,″ said Ms. Murphree, after recently completing a 10-city tour promoting her story. ″Nobody’s said anything to me, you know, rough or anything.″

Earlier this year, Ms. Murphree said Swaggart paid her $20 a visit and asked her to pose naked, talk dirty and perform other acts. Swaggart has declined to answer any of her allegations.

She has since told her story on ″Donahue,″ ″Larry King″ and ″Geraldo.″ Penthouse Magazine reportedly paid her between $75,000 and $100,000 to recreate the poses she said Swaggart paid her to assume.

The Assemblies of God ultimately defrocked Swaggart after he acknowledged Feb. 21 that he had committed an unspecified sin and then refused to accept the denomination’s recommendation that he take a year off from preaching.

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