Federal Judge Frederick Kapala accepted a plea of guilty from former McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Gregory Pyle to a charge of crossing a state line with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a person who had not attained the age of 12.
The 38-year old Pyle faces a minimum sentence of thirty years in Federal prison after pleading guilty to one of two counts in at 2012 indictment.
Pyle has been behind the bars of the Boone County Jail since his August 2012 arrest.
In court he was wearing a Boone County Jail shirt and flip-flops.
He plead guiltyy to Count 1:
“On or about December 13, 2008…Gregory Pyle, defendant crossed a state line with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a person, ‘Child A.” who had not attained the age of 12 years.”
Count 2, the substance of which is below, was dropped.
“Gregory Pyle, defendant herein, did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce a minor and transported a minor in interstate commence, namely ‘Victim A’, to engage in sexually explicitly conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and the visual depiction was transported or transmitted using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, and in and affecting interstate and foreign commerce.”
Pyle answered a series of methodically asked questions from Judge Kapala as he stood next to his attorney, Public Defender Paul Gaziano.
Information elicited include that he
- lived in Joliet eight months before his Federal arrest
- has three children
- a stepson, 25
- a son, 15
- another son, 9
- was divorced from his wife of 15 years “late last year”
- did “some post-graduate work in criminology”
- takes four medications, including lithium and bimeth (?), each morning about 11 to treat a bipolar disorder
- said they would not impair his judgment or decision-making
- has been under a doctor’s care since Late January, 2012 (five months after his arrest)
- is satisfied with the legal advice of attorney Ganzio
Judge Kapala then explained the maximum penalties that he alone would be imposing:
- “not less that 30 years nor more than life” and
a maximum fine of $250,000
And to the most important question about whether he was pleading guilty to Count 1, Pyle replied,
“Yes, your Honor”.
With time off for good behavior, Federal prisoners generally serve 87% of their sentence.
After release, there would be a minimum of five years probation, which cold be made as long as a person’s lifetime.
Pyle was asked if there were any agreements with any other Federal agencies.
“No, you Honor,” was Pyle’s response.
Pyle was given a chance to withdraw his guilty plea, but did not.
At that point, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Love outlined what the prosecution was prepared to prove if the case went to trial.
On December 13, 2008, the government would show Pyle crossed the Wisconsin state line with “Child A.”
“On that day he had custody of ‘Child A’ [and took him to Milwaukee with the intention to…produce visual depictions of said act in sadistic, masochistic and violent acts.”
Pyle then distributed the images over the internet, Love concluded.
Judge Kapala asked if Pyle disagreed with any of what had been said.
Pyle did not and answered, “Guilty, your Honor,” when asked for his plea.
“[You’re] not adjudicated guilty,” the Judge intoned.
Sentencing will be held on April 14, 2014, at 2:30.
Pyle, the former Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Member appointed by the Sheriff’s Department, still faces state charges on Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault.
You can read the original charges here:
“We will be prosecuting,” McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi said today.
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In the audience were reporters for the Chicago Tribune and Northwest Herald, as well as two couples. One was a thirties-something young woman who teared up as the charges were explained. The other was a couple about ten years older. I was told that a Deputy Sheriff was in attendance.