San Angelo, Texas, Man Sentenced to 48 Months in Federal Prison on Federal Obscenity Conviction
LUBBOCK, Texas --- Billy Ray Doyle, 59, of San Angelo, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 48 months in federal prison and 10 years of supervised release, following his guilty plea in March 2013 to one count of attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
In late November 2012, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) noticed an advertisement posted on an Internet message board entitled “Looking for company 18-25ish –m4m,” and determined that it was posted by Doyle. During ensuing email conversations between Doyle and an undercover agent who posed as a 15-year-old male, Doyle discussed with the undercover agent such things as showering together, lying naked on a bed together and possibly engaging in other sexual activity. The undercover agent’s age was discussed several times and Doyle repeatedly promised that a potential sexual relationship would remain secret. On December 15, 2012, Doyle emailed the undercover agent a sexually explicit photograph of himself. Doyle was arrested a few days later at a convenience store where he and the undercover agent had agreed to meet. He has been in custody since that time.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, which was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. For more information about internet safety education, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/ and click on the tab “resources.”
ICE HSI was in charge of the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven M. Sucsy prosecuted.
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