Ex-McHenry County IL Deputy to Plead Guilty on Federal Sex Crime Charges

By - January 6, 2014
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McHenrySexChargesA sheriff’s deputy in McHenry County, Illinois is going to plead guilty to charges of sexual abuse and exploitation of a child, related to allegations from 2012.

Gregory Pyle, 38, is facing a federal charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, as well as the production of child pornography. Pyle originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in August 2012, but he has apparently decided to plead guilty, according to federal court documents.

These accusations first became public in January 2012. That was when prosecutors in the county charged him with the crime of predatory criminal assault against a juvenile. He was then put on paid administrative leave. Then he was fired that year in August after the federal charges were brought against him.

Federal investigators learned of the alleged crimes that Pyle had done when they were searching a home in St. Anne, IL in 2010, and a resident there stated that he had sold child porn to a person who used the user name Scouts Out 888. Investigators eventually traced that user name to Pyle.

A boy told the police that Pyle had sexually abused him several times in 2012, according to the federal complaint. The complaint also cited abuse by the deputy from when the child was as young as eight until he was 10. These assaults allegedly occurred at Pyle’s house and on trips to a Wisconsin hotel. It was not clear from the federal charges when the abuse stopped.

Pyle is a veteran of the US Army and he investigated numerous sex crimes on the Internet as a deputy. This included pornography.

If he is convicted on the federal charges, he could get up to 30 years to life in prison. The state charges on the case carry a sentence of up to 60 years. Pyle is in federal custody, and he is awaiting trial on the state charges.

About Federal Sex Crimes

Federal laws make it clear that if you are in possession of any sexualized images of children under the age of 18, this is considered child pornography. Minors who are under the age of 18 may not be depicted in pornography. Federal and state laws usually are defined by the kind of porn that was created and the method of use involved. For instance, the charges can change based upon whether child porn was created, and included filming of children in sex situations. Child pornography charges also can stem from the possession of such sexualized images, no matter if the evidence consists of actual photos, or images on a DVD or computer hard drive.

Child pornography is treated harshly at the federal level, and first time offenders often face charges from 15 to 30 years in federal prison. If you are convicted of transporting child pornography, you can face 5 to 20 years in prison. When released, you also will have to register as a sex offender and follow many rules, including the requirement of staying at least several hundred feet from a school.