A Dubuque County sheriff’s deputy has been relieved of his duties after burglary and stalking charges were filed against him.
James R. Doyle, 47, of 2375 Briarwood Drive, was arrested Friday on charges of third-degree burglary (a class D felony) and stalking (an aggravated misdemeanor). According to court records, Doyle is accused of committing the stalking and burglary offenses between September 2010 and October 2011. The charges appear to stem from Doyle’s reaction to Dubuque resident Randy Hansen having a relationship with Doyle’s former wife.
An investigation indicated that Doyle damaged the taillight of Hansen’s truck on numerous occasions, then called him to say, “The problems you had with your truck last week, you are going to have those problems all the time. I know good people, I know bad people, and I know lots of bad people.
“If you (expletive) with my family, I will (expletive) with you,” Doyle allegedly said, according to the affidavit that chronicles the investigation.
Doyle is accused of calling Hansen approximately 30 times between September 2010 and October 2011, and three more times from Doyle’s daughter’s cell phone.
In January 2011, Doyle used his position as deputy to access an in-house law enforcement database to find the address of Hansen’s former wife. Doyle made contact with Hansen’s ex-wife in person and by phone, the affidavit states.
On Oct. 21, Doyle entered Hansen’s attached garage on Geraldine Drive without permission and intentionally caused approximately $6,000 damage to a boat and $428 damage to a trailer parked in the driveway, the investigation indicated. There was no one present at the time of the alleged burglary.
Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) handled the investigation to avoid a potential conflict of interest, according to a DCI news release. An internal investigation also was conducted by the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the criminal investigation.
Dubuque County Sheriff Don Vrotsos said he could not comment on the case because it was a personnel issue. Doyle had no attorney listed on Iowa Courts Online.
Doyle was released from Dubuque County Jail after posting $3,700 bond. He has been ordered to relinquish all firearms and ammunition, and a no-contact order was placed to protect Hansen and his immediate family