DHS Official Makes Plea Deal in Online Sex Sting

By Vic Walter And Krista Kjellman

Sep 19, 2006 3:38pm

Brian Doyle, the Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed to a plea deal this morning after being charged with sexually seducing a minor over the internet.

Doyle was arrested last April after allegedly having sexually explicit conversations with whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl but was actually an undercover Polk County, Fla., sheriff’s detective posing as a teenage girl. 

According to the plea deal, Doyle pled "nolo contendere," or no contest, to seven counts of using a computer to seduce a child and 16 counts of transmitting harmful material to a minor, which together would have delivered a maximum prison sentence of 115 years.

Now Doyle faces a maximum of five years in prison and 10 years of probation. He will have to register as a sex offender once he is released.  He has also agreed to pay all fines, mandatory and discretionary, as a condition of the agreement.

According to the press release at the time of his arrest, "Doyle used the Internet to send hard-core pornographic movie clips to the ‘girl’ and used the AOL Instant Messenger chat service to have explicit sexual conversations with ‘her.’"  The release says that "many of the conversations he initiated with the ‘victim’ are too extraordinary and graphic for public release."

But it was Doyle’s choice of sending the girl photos of himself as well as his office and government-issued cell phone numbers that led to his identification and inevitable arrest.

Doyle is scheduled to appear before State Circuit Court Judge Dale Durrance Nov. 17 for his sentencing hearing. He has since resigned from his position at the Homeland Security Department.   

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