- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2006

The Homeland Security official who was arrested this week on cyber child sex charges made a “full confession” to investigators, the man in charge of the investigation said.

Polk County, Fla., Sheriff Grady Judd said that after Brian Doyle’s arrest Tuesday, the deputy press spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security “confessed and acknowledged, although it was off-tape, that he did like young girls.”

Sheriff Judd said Mr. Doyle made admissions both off tape and later, during a formal tape-recorded interview, but “he was a lot less forthcoming once the tape recorder was switched on.”

Nonetheless, he said, “It was a full confession” and would be admissible in court.

Mr. Doyle’s lawyer, Barry Helfand, told UPI he could not comment because, “I haven’t seen even the first piece of discovery yet.”

“I understand he did make some kind of a statement, but I have no information more than that right now,” he added.

Mr. Doyle was arrested Tuesday evening at his home in Silver Spring while investigators say he was chatting online with an undercover detective pretending to be a 14-year-old girl recovering from leukemia.

Mr. Doyle faces — seven counts of using a computer to seduce a child and 16 counts of transmission of harmful material to a minor — after he initiated graphic sexual conversations online with the detective and sent her clips of pornographic movies. He officially resigned from the department yesterday and is awaiting extradition to Florida.

Sheriff Judd also said that an anonymous caller to the Sheriff’s Department said Mr. Doyle had been disciplined while an employee of Time magazine for viewing pornography at work.

“The caller seemed upset that he just got [what the caller saw as] a ‘slap on the wrist,’” he said.

Ty Trippet, a spokesman for Time, said he would not comment on personnel matters, beyond confirming that Mr. Doyle worked at the magazine from 1975 to 2001, prior to going to work for the government.

The revelation of Mr. Doyle’s purported disciplinary infraction at Time brought a chorus of questions yesterday about the background checks the government runs on those who are issued a security clearance to see classified information, as Mr. Doyle was.

“If there was an incident at Time magazine, homeland security above all should have found it,” said Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Thursday evening denied that the case revealed weaknesses in the security procedures at his department.

“I don’t know that there’s anybody who believes that background checks for people who are hired can predict future behavior,” Mr. Chertoff said.

He said there was no suggestion “that any security material, classified material was compromised in any way, shape or form.”

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