(PresidentialHill.com)- A former mayor of Beaverton, Oregon was charged last week with possession of child pornography, according to the Justice Department.
Democrat Dennis “Denny” Doyle, 73 appeared in federal court last Friday on the charge that from November 2014 to December 2105, he “knowingly and unlawfully possessed digital material containing child pornography,” that included images depicting minors under the age of 12.
Doyle served three terms as mayor of Beaverton, first being elected to office in 2008. In 2020, Doyle lost his reelection bid for a fourth term to the current mayor, Lacey Beaty.
In other words, Dennis Doyle was the sitting mayor at the time of the alleged offense.
Before becoming mayor of Beaverton, Doyle served for 14 years on the Beaverton City Council where, in 2008, Doyle was honored by the Boy Scouts of America as “Citizen of the Year” for his community service and work with youth sports, including the Westside Metros Soccer Club which provides soccer programs for children ages 6 to 18.
In a document filed by the US Attorney’s Office, prosecutors said Doyle must forfeit property containing the alleged child pornography including a 64GB thumb drive.
During his court hearing on Friday, Doyle pleaded not guilty to the charge. He also denied the forfeiture allegations.
If convicted, Doyle faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, as well as a $250,000 fine. After serving his prison sentence, Doyle would then remain on supervised release for the rest of his life.
According to federal authorities, the case against Doyle was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.