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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

NEWS: (Suburban) Deputy again charged with sexually assaulting minor

--Talk about going bad....--

Story at Chicago Tribune

Gregory Pyle (Police photo / August 15, 2012)
By Robert McCoppin
Tribune reporter
1:46 PM CDT, August 15, 2012

A McHenry County sheriff’s deputy is back behind bars today and facing 30 years to life in prison on new federal charges alleging he transported a minor across state lines to have sex and create child pornography, authorities say.

Gregory Pyle, 36, of Crest Hill, formerly of Crystal Lake, was arrested Tuesday and ordered held without bond at least until Friday, when he is due to appear in federal court in Rockford Friday on charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and sexual exploitation of a child.

Pyle, a former Internet sex crimes investigator for the sheriff’s office, had been free on $20,000 bond after the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s office charged him in January with predatory criminal sexual assault against a juvenile.

According to the federal prosecutors’ complaint against Pyle, officials were conducting an investigation of online child pornography when an unnamed informant identified Pyle as the person who transmitted sexually explicit images of a child.

When investigators interviewed the child, the boy said Pyle had sexually abused him on multiple occasions, including on a trip to Wisconsin, and produced child pornography that was later transmitted over the Internet, federal authorities said.

If convicted of crossing a state line to engage in sex with a minor, Pyle faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison. The sentence for sexual exploitation of a child runs from 15 to 30 years.