U.S. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Brian Doyle was stripped of his security clearance, suspended without pay, and held without bail yesterday after he was arrested on 23 felony counts of trying to seduce what he thought was a 14-year-old girl on the Internet, reports USA Today. Doyle was arrested in a sting by the Polk County, Fl., sheriff’s office. He sent 16 pornographic videos and photos of himself at work to a detective posing as a 14-year-old girl, said the sheriff’s office, which has two full-time computer crime detectives who pose online as teenagers.
Doyle gave his name and job title in his first instant message to the undercover officer, said a sheriff’s spokesperson. “He was very upfront about who he was.” Doyle was arrested at home Tuesday in a Maryland suburb of Washington, D.C., after the detective called him at work and said she had bought a webcamera, as he’d asked her to do. Doyle, 55, appeared in court in Maryland yesterday and could be extradited to Florida.