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Accused teacher in Taunton faces firing

Is held without bail after hearing

TAUNTON — The Taunton public schools will move to fire a high school teacher accused of having sex with two 14-year-old students, Superintendent Julie Hackett said Tuesday.

Hackett placed the teacher, 33-year-old Patrick R. Doyle, on paid administrative leave on June 7 after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

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Doyle appeared briefly in Taunton District Court on Tuesday, at a dangerousness hearing in which Judge Paul McCallum granted more time to the teacher’s attorney to prepare an argument for his client's release. Doyle will remain held without bail until the hearing resumes Monday.

Police arrested Doyle on June 19, charging him with three counts of aggravated statutory rape, one count of distributing obscene material to a minor, and one count of enticing a child under 16.

On Monday, Doyle was charged with one additional count of each charge on new allegations from a second student. Both students are females.

Citing the new charges, Hackett notified parents in a letter that she intended to terminate Doyle’s contact.

“The safety and well-being of our students remains the top priority in our schools,” she wrote.

‘The safety and well-being of our students remains the top priority in our schools.’

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Under union rules, the school department cannot fire Doyle until a termination hearing takes place.

Authorities allege that Doyle engaged in intercourse and oral sex with one student at his home, and that he had sex with another student on school grounds, the Taunton Daily Gazette reported. The obscene materials charges allegedly relate to photographs sent from the teacher’s phone. Taunton District Court did not release the full criminal complaint against Doyle on Tuesday.

Doyle did not speak during Tuesday’s hearing, during which he was handcuffed and dressed in dark pants and a blue button-down shirt.

His attorney, Lefteris K. Travayiakis, said afterward that his client is innocent.

“He looks forward to challenging the allegations against him,” Travayiakis said.

Doyle takes the case very seriously, Travayiakis told reporters. The attorney also said his client poses no flight risk.

Last Thursday, Doyle was released on $100,000 bail. He was taken into custody again Monday and was arraigned on the additional charges.

In her letter to parents, Hackett said the school system would cooperate fully with authorities and keep parents updated on the case.

Adam Sege can be reached at adam.sege@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @AdamSege. Material from the Associated Press is included in this report.
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