|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||January 3, 2014|
Former McHenry County Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Guilty
to Federal Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Charge
ROCKFORD — A former McHenry County Sheriff=s Deputy pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Kapala to crossing a state line with intent to engage in a sexual act with a person who had not attained the age of 12 years. The defendant, GREGORY M. PYLE, 38, of Crest Hills, Ill., formerly of Crystal Lake, Ill., admitted that on Dec. 13, 2008, he had custody of a child under 12 years of age, when he drove the child from Crystal Lake, Ill. to Milwaukee, Wisc., with the intention to engage in sexual acts with the child and to produce visual depictions of such acts. Pyle admitted that he stayed overnight in a Milwaukee hotel and engaged in sexual acts with the child that were sadistic, masochistic, and violent. The defendant produced images of the child engaged in these sexual acts and later distributed the images over the Internet.
The guilty plea was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Illinois State Police, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce assisted in the investigation.
Pyle’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 14, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. Crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with a minor under 12 carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison, a period of supervised release following imprisonment of at least five years and up to life, and a maximum fine of $250,000.
The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Love.
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