March 21, 2022

USA: Former Three-Time Democrat Mayor of Beaverton, Oregon Has Been Charged For Possession Of Child. Allegedly Had Sexual Content Of Children Younger Than 12 Years Old.

The Post Millennial
written by Hannah Nightingale
Friday March 4, 2022

On Friday, the former mayor of Beaverton, Oregon, was charged with the possession of child pornography.

Dennis "Denny" Doyle, who served as mayor of the city from 2009 to 2021, was charged with one count of possession of child pornography, according to the Department of Justice.

The Department of Justice said that between November of 2014 and December of 2015, "Doyle is alleged to have knowingly and unlawfully possessed digital material containing child pornography, including images depicting minors under twelve."

Doyle will make his first appearance in federal count today.

If convicted, the 73 year old faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, in addition to $250,000 fine and a life term of supervised release.

The Department of Justice said that this case was investigated by FBI Portland’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF), and is being prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
The Oregonian
written by Kale Williams
Friday March 4, 2022

Former Beaverton Mayor Dennis “Denny” Doyle has been charged with possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

A criminal information filed in court alleges Doyle possessed digital material containing child pornography, including images depicting minors under 12, between November 2014 and continuing through December 2015.

The charges stem from an old computer thumb drive containing the alleged pornography and other personal material belonging to Doyle that was turned over to authorities, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force in Portland investigated the case.

Doyle appeared by phone Friday afternoon for his first court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth Daily entered a not guilty plea to the single charge on Doyle’s behalf.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Natalie Wight described Doyle as “forthright” and cooperative, adding, “He’s admitted all allegations of the conduct.”

Doyle was ordered to have no direct or indirect contact with anyone under the age of 18 while he remains out of custody pending trial. That includes his grandchildren, who are between the ages of 5 and 14, unless he gets permission from a pretrial supervision officer. If any visits are permitted with his grandchildren, they’ll likely be supervised, Wight said.

Further, Doyle was ordered not to use or possess any computer or electronic media, including cell phones, with internet access, without prior approval, and allow random or regular monitoring of his computer use. He also was ordered not to affiliate with any organization or volunteer group that would put him in contact with anyone under age 18.

A two-day trial is scheduled for May 10. If convicted of the charge, he could face up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.

If convicted, federal authorities also will seek the forfeiture of at least one purple 64GB Lexar USB thumb drive, according to court records.

Doyle, 73, served as a Beaverton councilor for more than a decade before he was elected mayor in 2008. He served three terms in the city’s top elected position, relinquishing the job in 2020 after he was beaten in a runoff election.

In 1993, Doyle helped found the Westside Metros Soccer Club, a nonprofit youth soccer club that hired professional coaches to lead about 30 boys and girls soccer teams. When he took office, he was a paid employee of the club.

The club is now the Westside Timbers Soccer Club.

Doyle served as vice president of the Westside Timbers Soccer Club until Friday, when the club learned of the criminal allegation, said Davy Dupon, the club president.

“He was in an administrative role with the club and financial advisor. He didn’t have contact with the kids in the club,” Dupon said.

In 2008, Doyle was named Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America, then recognized for his longtime community service and work with youth sports. In addition to founding the Westside Metros Soccer Club, he served on the Westside Recreational Soccer Club Board and was a board member of the Beaverton Baseball and Softball Association. He had sat on the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s board and on school committees for Beaverton High School and Sexton Mountain Elementary School.

Beaverton’s current Mayor Lacey Beaty said in a statement Friday: “I stand with all children and those who find themselves exploited. Like you, I am shocked by the news today. We elect leaders with the expectation that they will serve, protect, and advocate for our children, families, and communities. The charges against former Mayor Doyle are deeply concerning.”

Doyle had a prior run-in with police. When he ran for mayor in 2008, Doyle apologized for a 2002 arrest in Lincoln City for drunken driving, saying it was a “mistake” he deeply regretted. At the time, he was in Lincoln City for a youth soccer tournament. He said he was stopped when he decided to drive his wife to the hospital after he had been drinking. He entered diversion and the case was dismissed in 2003.

Just six days ago, Portland City Council candidate Rene Gonzalez’s campaign, “Rene For Portland,” put out a social media notice, saying it was proud to announce that Doyle had endorsed Gonzalez for a Portland city commissioner seat. The notice has since been taken down.

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