Fire lieutenant arrested for human trafficking, sex crimes against children

Pinellas County

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – An East Lake Fire Rescue firefighter was arrested on human trafficking and other charges on Thursday.

Matthew Doyle, 39, was arrested by FDLE agents in Spring Hill.

He faces charges of human trafficking, lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim between 12 and 16 years old and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.

Those who know Doyle are shocked and stunned after hearing the news of his arrest.

The father of 3 girls spent 15 years with East Lake Fire Rescue.

He is also a nurse, according to his fiance, working a second job.

He was booked into the Hernando County jail and is being held without bond.

FDLE confirms Doyle’s arrest will be addressed during a press conference Friday morning at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Nienhuis will be in attendance, along with Attorney General Ahsley Moody and Mark Brutnell with the FDLE.

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