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June 8, 2009

AUSTIN AREA MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - William Arthur Doyle, III, 56, from Round Rock, Texas, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, United States Attorney Tim Johnson announced today. U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes imposed the prison term today in addition to  10 years for a distribution of child pornography conviction and attempting to entice a minor to engage in a sexual conduct by using a computer. The sentences are to be served concurrently for a total of 180 months. Doyle will also be placed on a lifetime term of supervised release during which he must register as a sex offender.

The charges against Doyle were the result of an investigation conducted by members of the FBI Houston Office’s Innocent Images squad and the Milwaukee, Wis., Police Department (PD). Doyle has remained in custody awaiting his sentencing since his arrest in August 2006.

The case was initiated on Aug. 16, 2006, when Doyle, from his home in Round Rock, contacted an undercover officer with the Milwaukee PD, who was in a chat room posing as a 15-year-old boy. The officer and Doyle chatted a number of times and Doyle indicated he wanted to engage in sexual conduct with the officer believing him to be a 15-year-old boy. During the chats, Doyle sent images containing child pornography to the officer.

Approximately one week later, the officer received a message that Doyle, who had traveled to Milwaukee on business, was in the area and wanted to meet. Officers went to the meet location and arrested Doyle, who admitted to meeting boys using the Internet. Officers searched Doyle’s rental car and found a Dell laptop, on which they discovered images of a teenage boy whom Doyle identified as a boy he met online and eventually met in person in the Houston area. The images of the teenage boy, 15 at the time he met Doyle, were taken by Doyle and were of a sexually explicit nature. Houston FBI agents were able to confirm through motel records that Doyle was in the Houston area on the dates the photos were made. A total of 83 images involving the Houston teen were recovered from Doyle’s laptop.

The Wisconsin case was transferred to Houston and consolidated for sentencing purposes.

A forensic analysis was conducted on a computer recovered from Doyle’s residence in Round Rock which revealed additional child pornography images, some of other teenage boys taken at Doyle’s residence.

As part of the sentencing, Judge Hughes also forfeited Doyle’s interest in his residence to the government.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe.

 

 

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