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Arrested in Morocco, fugitive doctor back in Pinellas to face child molestation charges

Rory Patrick Doyle was arrested in 2000 on child molestation charges, but fled to Ireland.

Rory Patrick Doyle was arrested in 2000 on child molestation charges, but fled to Ireland.

A dozen years after he escaped child molestation charges and fled to Ireland and Morocco, former St. Petersburg doctor Rory P. Doyle is back in Pinellas County.

Back in jail.

And before long, back in court to answer whether he molested two girls beginning in 1995.

"We're just relieved that he's back and he's away from anybody else that this could happen to," said one of the victims in the case. She's 32 now, and said the abuse began just before she turned 13.

The Tampa Bay Times is not naming her because of the nature of the case.

Assistant State Attorney James Hellickson, who worked on the extradition, said he was "very, very pleased. It's taken us 12 years to locate him and get him back."

Several agencies worked on the case including Interpol, the U.S. Department of Justice and the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Doyle, 58, was an allergist and immunologist with a practice in Treasure Island when he was arrested in 2000 on charges of lewd or lascivious acts on two girls.

At the time, authorities argued that Doyle was a flight risk because he had a passport, $1 million in overseas accounts, and was considered a "high risk to minor children."

But he was granted $100,000 bail. While awaiting trial, he fled to Ireland.

In 2006, local, state, national and international authorities located Doyle there — he was living under the name David West and practicing medicine. He was arrested by Irish authorities, but once again released on bail — this time 25,000 euros.

An Irish court ordered extradition in 2010, but Doyle appealed and in 2012, Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies were told he had fled.

U.S. marshals found him living in an apartment in Tangier, Morocco. The marshals took custody of him in Casablanca on Thursday and extradited him to the United States, where he was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and held without bail.

The 32-year-old woman considered a victim in the case said "it's frustrating to say the least. They let him go here on bail and then again in Ireland."

Asked if she was prepared to testify against Doyle, she said, "I'm ready. I've been ready."

A trial date has not been set.

Claire Wiseman contributed to this report.

Arrested in Morocco, fugitive doctor back in Pinellas to face child molestation charges 11/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 8:35pm]
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