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Former Fredericton radio host officially pleads guilty to sex charge

Former radio host Trevor Leslie Doyle, accused of attempted enticement of a minor in Puerto Rico, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a plea agreement made public Thursday.

Trevor Doyle was arrested in Puerto Rico last spring after an FBI sting operation

Trevor Doyle could be sentenced to 70 to 87 months in prison. (Trevor Doyle/Twitter)

Former radio host Trevor Leslie Doyle, accused of attempted enticement of a minor in Puerto Rico, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a plea agreement made public Thursday.

At a 30-minute appearance in San Juan, Doyle pleaded guilty to a charge of travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, but the defence and prosecution recommended Doyle be sentenced to 70 to 87 months.

The 45-year-old was charged last April 4 after an FBI sting operation. He pleaded not guilty in May.

On Thursday in federal court, he appeared before Judge Raul M. Arias-Marxuach, who accepted the guilty plea to the different charge.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 19.

Evidence collected against Doyle

An FBI affidavit says that for several days, Doyle was allegedly messaging an undercover agent who was pretending to be a 13-year-old girl. He eventually arranged to meet with her on an Isla Verde beach for oral sex, where he was arrested.

It's not clear if Doyle is admitting to those details.

He has been in custody at the Guaynabo Metropolitan Detention Center near San Juan since then. He was assigned public defender Jesus Hernandez-Garcia.

Doyle worked at Capital FM, a Fredericton radio station owned by Bell Media, but was suspended after his arrest and later removed as an employee. 

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said Trevor Doyle pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor. In fact, he pleaded guilty to a charge of travel with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity.
    Feb 13, 2020 5:59 PM AT