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California Briefing / BREA

Deputy accused of molestation

October 17, 2008|H.G. Reza

A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing a lewd act with a minor. James Joseph Doyle was arrested at the Compton Courthouse, where he was working as a bailiff, said Brea Police Sgt. Bill Smyser.

Doyle, 45, is accused of touching a 15-year-old girl inappropriately on June 20 while she was a passenger in his car. The teenager, a Yorba Linda resident, told her parents, who called Orange County Child Protective Services. The incident was reported to Brea police, who patrol Yorba Linda.

Doyle, a Long Beach resident and friend of the girl's family, was released after posting $20,000 bail.

Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Doyle was relieved of duty with pay.

-- H.G. Reza

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