On Tuesday, the Oregon District U.S Attorney’s Office announced that Dennis Doyle, the former mayor of Beaverton, Oregon, was convicted and sentenced to six months in federal prison for possession of child pornography.
The three-term mayor was also ordered to pay $22,000 in restitution to his victims.
Doyle served as mayor of the Portland suburb from 2009 to 2020.
Willamette Week reported that Beaverton City Councilor Lacey Beaty said Doyle “knowingly possessed child pornography images between November 2014 and December 2015, confessing to the crime when FBI agents approached him in early 2022.
Doyle pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography photos during his court hearing last October.
The Beaverton Police Department was made aware of the photos after a local business came into possession of a flash drive containing child pornography and personal photographs apparently belonging to Doyle.
Local police informed the FBI, which discovered that “several of the images showed children under 12 years old who the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children had identified as known sexually exploited minors,” according to the Daily Caller.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Doyle’s prison sentence in a Federal facility will be followed by five years of “supervised release.” Doyle must also “register as a sex offender for life.”
Some were quick to criticize the judge’s ruling as too lenient, noting that Doyle could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison and lifetime supervision.