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Not guilty is plea in child sex case

ROCKFORD – A former McHenry County sheriff’s deputy entered a not guilty plea in federal court Thursday, a day after his federal indictment on child sex abuse and pornography charges

Gregory M. Pyle, 37, also has pleaded not guilty in McHenry County court to 10 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

He was arrested on those charges in January, posted bond, and then was rearrested Aug. 14 after a federal criminal complaint. He has been held without since then.

According to the federal complaint, Pyle’s online user names were identified by another man who was under investigation for child pornography.

Authorities said the alleged victim told the FBI that Pyle had sexually abused him since he was about 8 years old and that most of the abuse occurred in Pyle’s Crystal Lake home. The abuse also occurred across state lines in Wisconsin, investigators said.

If convicted of the most serious federal charge against him, Pyle faces up to life in prison.

– Sarah Sutschek

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