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PORTLAND, Ore. — The federal government today says a local Oregon government official has a federal prison term for possessing child pornography. It says he had the child pornography while he was mayor.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Oregon (USAO) says 74-year-old former Beaverton mayor Dennis “Denny” Doyle was sentenced today to six months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release. The court was ordered the Beaverton man to pay $22,000 in restitution to his victims.
Court documents say in late January 2022 the Beaverton Police Department was notified by a local business that an USB thumb drive containing possible child pornography had been found. The business provided the thumb drive to law enforcement, and it was determined that it contained child pornography and personal photographs that appeared to belong to Doyle. Law enforcement determined the images of child pornography were downloaded onto the thumb drive between November 2014 and December 2015 while Doyle was serving as the Beaverton mayor.
USAO says after Beaverton Police referred the case to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), special agents from FBI Portland’s Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF) contacted Doyle at his home and, “Doyle was immediately truthful with the agents, admitting the drive was his and that he had personally downloaded child pornography from his home computer. No further evidence of child pornography was located on Doyle’s digital devices.”
Case records show on March 3, 2022, Doyle was charged with possession of child pornography and, on October 11, 2022, he pleaded guilty to the charge.
This case was investigated by FBI Portland’s CETF with assistance from the Beaverton Police Department. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon.
USAO encourages anyone with information about physical or online exploitation of children to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
USAO says, “Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor. Child sexual abuse material depicts actual crimes being committed against children. Not only do these images and videos document victims’ exploitation and abuse, but when shared across the internet, child victims suffer re-victimization each time the image of their abuse is viewed. To learn more, please visit the NCMEC’s website at www.missingkids.org.
FBI Portland’s CETF conducts sexual exploitation investigations, many of them undercover, in coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. CETF is committed to locating and arresting those who prey on children as well as recovering and assisting victims of sex trafficking and child exploitation.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Justice Department to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.”
Former Oregon mayor has federal prison sentence for child pornography, while mayor | News
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