Teacher's Lawyer Calls Child Sex Accusers 'Evil'
A Seekonk resident and Taunton High School teacher accused of sex and sexting with teens is the victim of a witch hunt, his attorney says.
The lawyer for a Seekonk man accused of various sex crimes against underage teens had harsh words Monday for his client's accusers. Lefteris Travayiakis, attorney for 33-year-old Patrick Doyle, told NBC 10 in Providence that his client's accusers are "evil."
"They're witches," said Travayiakis in a taped interview outside Fall River Superior Court. "And for whatever reason, whatever the motivation is, I believe this is a contemplated and premeditated attempt to sabotage this man's life and career."
Prosecutors say Doyle, who is a history teacher at Taunton High School, had sex with a 14-year-old girl at his Seekonk home at least three times, performed a sex act on a second teen on the high school campus and sent explicit photos of himself via cellphone to those teens and at least one other underage girl.
Doyle pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of aggravated statutory rape of a child under 16, enticing a child under 16 and providing obscene material to a minor, according to NBC 10.
"Emphatically, he denies these charges," Doyle's attorney told the TV station. "He's innocent. It's nothing more than a witch hunt. We're not dealing with Rhode Scholars here, in terms of who these students are."
Doyle had been free on $100,000 bail posted by his family after he was arrested on allegations related to the accusation he had sex with the teen at his home. But then he was arrested the next week on the allegation of the on-campus sex act. Doyle has remained in custody since that time, according to various media reports.
A dangerousness hearing, which could lead to Doyle remaining custody without bail for up to 90 days, is expected to take place next week.