Former Dem mayor pleads guilty to possessing child porn

Dennis “Denny” Doyle, the former mayor of Beaverton, Oregon, has just pled guilty to the possession of child pornography, the Oregonian reports

It appears, though, that prosecutors are going to go relatively easy on him.

Background

The charge stems from an old computer thumb drive belonging to Doyle that was handed over to authorities. It was on this drive that child pornography was discovered.

The FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force in Portland led the investigation.

The Oregonian reports:

Doyle possessed digital material containing child pornography, including images depicting minors under 12, between November 2014 and continuing through December 2015, prosecutors said. Several of the images included children who had been identified as sexually exploited minors by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, according to prosecutors.

Doyle admits guilt

If there is something good that can be said about Doyle, it is that he appears to have admitted to his wrongdoing from day one. This goes all the way back to March when he was first arrested and charged.

Doyle has now formally pled guilty to one charge of possessing child pornography. This charge carries with it a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

It appears, though, that Oregon’s U.S. Attorney Natalie Wight is only looking to put Doyle in prison for a term of one year and one day, which may result in an actual prison stay of less than a year. Whether this will be allowed remains to be seen: the judge has made it a point to note that he is not bound by Wight’s recommendation.

In addition to the prison sentence, Wight is seeking a five-year term of supervised release. Doyle will also have to register as a sex offender.

What now?

Next up will be Doyle’s sentencing hearing, which will take place on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.

Currently, Doyle is not in police custody. He, in fact, has been allowed to remain a somewhat free man throughout all of these proceedings, although various limitations have been placed on his activity. He, for example, has been ordered not to come into contact with anyone under 18 years of age, including his own grandchildren, without receiving permission and supervision.

Regarding his crime, Doyle, in court this week, said, “you know, we make mistakes.”

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