Homeland Security official busted in sex sting

| 4/5/2006

As if all of the furor over port security and mismanagement of funds weren’t enough, the Department of Homeland Security got another black eye this week with the arrest of one of its spokesmen for soliciting an underage girl online.

Brian Doyle, deputy press secretary for the department, was arrested Wednesday, April 5, after engaging in sexually explicit chats on the Internet with an investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl.

The Associated Press reported that Doyle, 55, allegedly revealed his name during the conversations and bragged about working for the Department of Homeland Security. He also gave out his government-issued cell phone number.

Doyle, who lives in Maryland, also allegedly sent the girl pornographic movie clips as well as non-pornographic photos of himself. He also repeatedly asked her to send pictures of herself and allegedly described explicit activities he wanted to do with her, The AP reported.

Maryland officials arrested Doyle at his home and seized his computer.

Doyle was placed on administrative leave Wednesday morning pending further investigation into the charges, according to The AP.