SGV – On Mon., May 19, a former teacher and athletic coach at Royal Oak Middle School in Covina was sentenced to 23.5 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to producing child pornography and using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in sex.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office, John David Boyle, 52, of Glendora, received the sentence from United States District Judge, Stephen V. Wilson, who said that Boyle’s crimes were “horrendous” and that “the damage done to the victims is incalculable.”
Boyle pled guilty in March to enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. He admitted to molesting a 14-year old boy who he met online.
A news release from the Department of Justice further stated that Boyle spent years collecting child pornography from the Internet, participated in sexually explicit conversations in Internet chat rooms enticing underage boys to engage in sexually explicit conduct, and personally molested multiple underage boys.
The investigation revealed that Boyle engaged in an online chat with an undercover agent, whom he believed to be someone sharing his interests. An in-person meeting was set up with the agent in Boyle’s classroom at the school on a Sunday in hopes of engaging in sexual activity while watching child pornography.
Authorities confronted Boyle in June 2013, leading to his arrest and access to his online accounts. Further investigation revealed abuse of an underage victim as far back as the late 1980s. Prosecutors reportedly stated in their sentencing brief that the defendant, Boyle, “…is a sexual predator, who has avoided detection by law enforcement for many years and poses an extreme danger not just to the community, but also to the most vulnerable in it – namely, young children.”