Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for the resignation of Kevin Boyle. The state Representative was arrested and charged with harassment and violation of a protection from abuse order filed by his wife.
As reported by NBC10, Philadelphia Police confirmed that Boyle, 41, was arrested in Philadelphia shortly before 3:00 p.m. Friday. He was released Saturday morning on his own recognizance.
His brother, state Rep. Brendan Boyle, and state House Democratic officials have pointed to mental health issues as the reason for the inappropriate behavior.
The Democratic leadership said in a statement that Kevin Boyle has agreed to receive treatment.
“I think he ought to resign,” Wolf said Monday. “I think everybody deserves to (have) treatment for mental illness and he deserves to go through that treatment.
The Governor added that Boyle does not currently fit the conditions to serve. “I think while he goes through that treatment, he should not serve in the legislature.”
Boyle’s attorney issued a statement about the incident Saturday. R. Emmett Madden said in a written statement that Boyle is not accused of a violent act. “It is important to note that Kevin Boyle is not accused of any act of violence. By agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Kevin is scheduled for a mental health evaluation.”
“He intends to follow through with all court, mental health and medical recommendations, including treatment. We are confident that with treatment, Kevin can return to full health, resolve these charges, and continue serving his constituents,” stated Madden.
More than troubling
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus has already called on Boyle to renounce. “The news of Rep. Boyle’s arrest is more than troubling,” the caucus said in a statement. “The allegations against him, if true, mean he should no longer hold public office. It is clear Rep. Boyle should resign from office now to focus on his personal health and the future well-being of those around him.”
Boyle was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and represents the 172nd District, which covers parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery County.