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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 08:30 GMT 09:30 UK
US official in child abuse sting
Brian J Doyle
Mr Doyle is awaiting extradition to Florida
A spokesman from the US Department of Homeland Security has been arrested and had his security clearance suspended amid child sex abuse allegations.

Brian J Doyle has been charged with having sexually explicit conversations over the internet with what he believed was a 14-year-old girl.

The girl was in fact an undercover detective in the state of Florida.

Homeland security is one of the federal agencies responsible for investigating online exploitation of children.

Phone numbers revealed

Mr Doyle faces 23 charges connected to using a computer to seduce a child and to send harmful materials to a minor.

He appeared at a Maryland court on Wednesday and is being detained in a Washington prison awaiting to extradition to Polk County, Florida.

According to a police statement during the course of the internet exchanges Mr Doyle revealed his name and job to the "girl" and even passed on the number of a mobile phone issued by the homeland security department and his office number.

Mr Doyle, the fourth highest ranking spokesman in the department, was put on unpaid leave and had his security clearances suspended on Wednesday.

"The department is co-operating fully with the ongoing investigation into the allegations against Brian Doyle," homeland security press secretary Russ Knocke said. "We take these allegations very seriously."




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