Ex-Oregon Democrat mayor ARRESTED for allegedly violating probation orders in child sex abuse case

Dennis Doyle, 75, was arrested by US Marshals and booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on April 15.

Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
A former mayor of a Portland suburb has been arrested for allegedly violating a probation over his child sex crime conviction. He was sentenced to six months in jail last year for downloading hundreds of photos of child pornography.

Dennis Doyle, 75, the former Democrat mayor of Beaverton, Oregon, was arrested by US Marshals and booked into Multnomah County Detention Center on April 15, court documents show.

Doyle has been accused of failing to inform his federal probation officer about having 19 electronic devices in his home. A requirement of his probation is that he must let the probation officer know about the devices. The devices were left unmonitored, The Oregonian reports.

US Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Armistead ordered Doyle to be moved into a federal halfway house once a bed is available, pending the May 1 hearing. He is currently being held in jail.

Judge Armistead expressed reluctance about moving Doyle to a federal halfway house, which was a request made by Assistant Federal Public Defender Dawn Penn. The prosecutor, Oregon US Attorney Natalie K. Wright, agreed to the move, which resulted in Armistead accepting the request.

Doyle's federal probation officer fought against the request and asserted that Doyle should remain in federal custody until his hearing, according to the paper.

Penn argued that the electronic devices had been at Doyle's residence since 1986 and had never been taken by federal investigators or law enforcement. He claimed that Doyle was using a laptop to teach his wife how to pay bills electronically.

When the prosecutor agreed to the halfway house, Judge Armistead was taken aback and pointed out that Doyle had access to the laptop and knew the password.

Doyle's purported failure to reveal the additional electronic devices he possessed alarmed Armistead, who said the violation "goes to the heart of what he's convicted of."

Judge Armistead told Doyle during his initial appearance on the matter: "It is critical that you will not have access to internet-enabled devices that aren’t monitored by probation. That condition is probably the most important condition that you have to ensure the safety of the community given your conviction. You understand that?"

"Yes, sir," Doyle responded.
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