Jimmy Doyle, who is 48, was arrested on April 15 and charged with two counts of second- and third-degree child abuse. He posted $50,000 bail at a court hearing last week after pleading not guilty. Doyle manages the world-class Irish equestrian team and is well established as one of the leading instructors in the world.
Doyle’s lawyer, Benito Romano, works for Mayor Bloomberg, and Doyle left court in a car allegedly registered to the mayor. The celebrated trainer also coaches Bloomberg’s youngest daughter, 20-year-old Georgina.
Westchester County District Attorney Jeanine Pirro charged Doyle with sexual abuse, a crime that indicates he is alleged to have touched intimate parts of the girl’s body but did not have sex with her.
Romano said that he would file a motion for discovery to allow the defense to view the district attorney’s file and expressed concern that details of Doyle’s private life could become public.
Town Justice Susan Shimer indicated that Doyle must not leave New York State, allowing for the mile-long section of Interstate 684 near his house that dips into Connecticut.
Bloomberg’s ex-wife, Susan Brown Bloomberg, described Doyle as a “terrific, decent, honest guy.” The mayor’s office would not comment on the case.
If found guilty, Doyle could face up to a year in jail.