It took 12 years for authorities to recapture former Pinellas County physician Rory Doyle after he fled from child molestation charges.
On Tuesday, Doyle, 59, was sentenced to spend 12 years in prison.
"It was a huge relief," said a 32-year-old woman who was victimized by Doyle 19 years ago. "It's been so many years coming."
The woman is not being named in this article because of the nature of the charge. She said she spoke in court on Tuesday and "I told him that I forgave him and I told him that I wanted him to realize that what he had done to me had changed my life. And that all these years later, what was most important to me was that it didn't happen to anybody else."
Doyle, an allergist and immunologist in Treasure Island, was arrested in 2000 on charges of lewd or lascivious acts on two girls. Authorities called him a flight risk because he had a passport and $1 million in overseas accounts.
But he was granted $100,000 bail and fled to Ireland, later winding up in Morocco. U.S. Marshals eventually located him and transferred him back to the United States.
Doyle pleaded guilty in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court on Tuesday to lewd or lascivious molestation, fondling a child under 16 and failure to appear.
The sentence was part of a plea arrangement.