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Crime & Courts

Former McHenry County sheriff’s sergeant Pyle expected to enter guilty plea

Former McHenry County sheriff’s sergeant to appear in federal court on child sex charges

ROCKFORD – A former McHenry County sheriff’s sergeant is expected to plead guilty Friday to charges that he engaged in sex acts with a child and traveled across state lines to make child pornography.

Gregory M. Pyle, 38, has been awaiting trial in federal custody since August 2012. He previously pleaded not guilty to two charges alleging sex crimes involving a minor.

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

The boy depicted is related to Pyle.

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

The federal court docket lists a change of plea hearing set for 10:30 a.m. Friday before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala in Rockford.

Pyle’s Federal Public Defender Paul Gaziano would not comment on his client’s pending case.

The former sergeant also faces state charges stemming from Jan. 2012. Pyle previously had pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. For that, he posted bond, but was rearrested that August on the federal complaint.

McHenry County prosecutors have said they plan to see how the federal case shakes out before moving forward on the local case, hoping it would entice Pyle to take a plea deal here and spare the alleged victim from testifying.

He could be sentenced up to 30 years to life in prison.

Pyle once headed the sheriff’s office evidence division, specializing in cases that required computer and Internet forensic work, including those that involve child pornography.

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