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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Breaking: Homeland Security official arrested for soliciting sex with minor

When it rains, it pours. No, scratch that. It vomits magma and brimstone onto an unsuspecting Republican party.

Brian J. Doyle, DOB 4/7/50, the Deputy Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., was arrested this evening at his residence in Silver Springs, Maryland, on 23 Polk County charges related to the use of a computer to seduce a child and transmitting harmful materials to a minor. Doyle's arrest is the result of a joint investigation by the Polk County Sheriff s Office, working with Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jerry Hill s office, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General s Office. (. . .)

On many occasions, Doyle instructed the victim, whom he believed to be a 14-year-old girl, to perform a sexual act while thinking of him, and described explicit and perverse sexual acts he wished to have with her, in addition to sending her numerous obscene .mpg files (digital movies). He also had sexually explicit telephone conversations with a detective posing as a child on his office line and cell phone. He attempted to seduce the girl during their online chats, encouraging her to purchase a web cam so that she could send graphic images of herself to him, and promised her that he would likewise send nude photos of himself. Many of the conversations he initiated with the victim are too extraordinary and graphic for public release.

They've got him absolutely, flat-out nailed-- there are 23 felony charges against Doyle stemming from evidence that went straight from the police to a judge. And hopefully he hasn't destroyed the lives of any children. Although this reminds me of the case of the homophobic Washington state mayor who was using his office computer to do the exact same thing-- but with underage boys.

I can't find much information on Doyle's record, but as with yesterday, bloggers will be on the story like Tom DeLay on a fundamentalist's wallet.