Oswego Co. legislator charged with endangering child wins re-election
Shawn Doyle has just won re-election as the incumbent Oswego County legislator for its third district, after running unopposed.
Doyle, 51, of Pulaski, was charged on Oct. 26 with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Unlawfully Dealing with a Minor, and Issuing a False Written Statement, according to New York State Police.
According to court documents, Doyle said he was asked to watch the victim several times, taking him swimming, out for dinners, and even giving him money for school clothes.
The victim told police how Doyle told him he had boarded 12 kids over the years and that he was going to make him number 13.
According to court documents, the victim said that Doyle bought him a cell phone, which they used to send text messages and Facebook messages to each other. The victim said he and Doyle would message each other back and forth through a texting app called "text now" and on Facebook messenger.
The victim said he would wait for Doyle to text him first, then he would reply with one or two-word answers. He then described Doyle asking him to delete all the messages sent and received between them.
According to the victim, Doyle used two different Facebook messenger accounts, one in his own name and then one under the name Nicholas Cat. The victim said Doyle would sometimes talk in 'code' and frequently type "TA", which he said stands for ti amo, Spanish for "I love you."
One of the charges against Doyle stems from an allegation that Doyle told other teen boys to lie to authorities about the victim's whereabouts, investigators said.
The Oswego County legislature issued the following statement regarding the charges against Doyle:
A founding principal of our criminal justice system is the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven. Following this belief, and out of respect for Legislator Doyle, we will not comment on this matter.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Doyle won with 92 percent of the vote.
Doyle represents the county's third district, which encompasses the Pulaski and Richland areas.