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David Doyle, a 32-year-old Port Allen resident, was convicted of two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. He was acquitted on charges of attempted aggravated rape, sexual battery and two counts of oral sexual battery after five hours of deliberation on Friday, Feb. 23.
Authorities with the Port Allen Police Department arrested Doyle on Aug. 13, 2017, for crimes alleged in 2012 and 2013 against a child who was 10 and 11 years old at the time, when Doyle was 25 and 26.
Doyle comprehensively denied the allegations, stating the two had never been in the same room alone when he took the stand Friday. The victim, who is a family member of Doyle’s, alleged he sexually assaulted them on six to eight occasions.
The victim told their mother of the assaults in 2013, but the allegations went unreported until August 13, 2017. After a failed attempt at mitigating the problem within the family meeting, the victim’s father learned of the alleged assaults and immediately reported to authorities.
Doyle’s attorney, Kenneth M. Willis, argued the child told their mother of the allegations following a verbal altercation with Doyle in which he called them a derogatory term. Prosecutor Scotty Chabert, however, described Doyle as a predator.
Doyle regularly played video games and hosted the victim and their siblings at his house to “hang out.” Many witnesses, including Doyle, described his home as a “family house” where they often gathered to socialize. It was there Doyle instructed the juvenile to watch an adult film and put it on the television for them, from which one indecent behavior with a juvenile conviction stems.
The victim alleged two instances of oral sexual battery and an attempted aggravated rape also occurred at the “family house,” and sexual battery occurred in their home. The jury found Doyle not guilty on each of those charges.
“We frankly do not understand how the jury rejected the accuser’s accounts on the more severe four offenses yet accepted [their] accounts on the lesser charges,” Willis, Doyle’s attorney, said.
Doyle was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Prison following the verdict Friday. He maintains his innocence and will pursue relevant post-verdict motions and an appeal if necessary, Willis said.