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.

Gretchen Robinson July 07, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Well, first off I am no longer a victim. I am a survivor. Better yet I went on and thrived in work that allowed me to support and guide others in their healing/recovery. No, I don't think the attorney should be censured. I think the attorney's remarks are a symptom. In the horrific days of the witch hunts in Europe, you could accuse a woman (80% of victims were women) of being a witch and she's be tried and tortured. Those days, thankfully, are long gone. And the public is much more aware of how abusers and defense attorneys operate. They know better that to believe a defense lawyer with his back against the wall. His verbal attacks (my phrase) are unfortunate but he will have to live with his intemperate remarks the rest of his life. They may end up hurting the case, at least in the eyes of the public. What do you think??
deb of see-attleboro July 07, 2012 at 08:32 PM
I think little children in school are now facing penalties for bullying while educated professionals are rewarded for saying much worse. Secondly, how many parents are going to discourage their children form coming forward knowing they will face public humiliation instigated by a powerful defense attorney? Even if these children do move forward, at what point do they become uncooperative? Then maybe the state has no choice but to cut it's loses and move on. This ends up being one more notch on a defense attorney's belt.
Gretchen Robinson July 07, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I'm not 'up' on what's going on in schools. Children who bully should be educated and helped. Adults bully all the time. Look at the bullying in politics. Looks like whoever is the worse bully wins. I was lucky to have found work and a marriage where there is no bullying, only collaboration and cooperation. Yes, silencing includes chlldren, and even their parents when they find out, not coming forward. I hate when a lawyer is a bully and gets rewarded for that. Brash, arrogant, overpowering the jury and getting that 'notch.' I was on a jury once with a lawyer who was too cocksure and the accused ended up getting convicted (he was clearly guilty). Those tactics can backfire.
brook stiler August 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I used to teach and was the victim of a conspiracy of accusations by students. Don't think it doesn't happen.
brook stiler August 02, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I don't think false accusations are that rare in this day and age.


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