Former McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Greg Pyle Pleads Guilty to One Count of One Count of Sex with a Person Less than 12 Years Old

Greg Pyle.  Photo provided by McHenry County Sheriff's Department.

Greg Pyle. Photo provided by McHenry County Sheriff’s Department.

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:

The Deputy Sheriff Greg Pyle Story Unfolds – 10 Counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault

“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.


Former McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Greg Pyle Pleads Guilty to One Count of One Count of Sex with a Person Less than 12 Years Old — 10 Comments

  1. To all those that are hosting that fundraiser for Zinke . . . the words sadistic, masochistic and violent, regarding the treatment of the child, all on video, to put on the internet . . . this should be a big question regarding Zinke’s judgment of character.

    There is surely a reason why Nygren wanted Zinke in this position, and you people find this acceptable.

  2. I don’t know anything about this kind of behavior.

    And it would seem that repeated viewing of these vile acts would affect anyone.

    However it also seems that the leadership of a law enforcement department should be responsible for the evaluation of their personnel in these positions.

    In Pyle’s case, the leadership of the McHenry County Sheriff’s office, Keith Nygren and Andy Zinke, failed to do this, nor did they apparently have any kind of counseling, background checks or other safety mechanisms in place.

    I cannot think of a more damning indictment of this current administration than environment, on so many different levels, than this sorry episode.

    If you have a shred of decency, you CANNOT possible vote for Andy Zinke.

  3. Mr. Greenlee you are correct, but I am really outraged that the elected officials are promoting the Nygren/Zinke regime.

    Those hosting the fundraiser, should all get a personal phone calls, asking them why they promote this behavior.

    Then you should call the Sheriff’s Offices that endorsed Zinke!!!!

  4. Didn’t Pyle replace Zinke as evidence Sgt. ?

    Did Zinke train Pyle for that job?

    Did Zinke help pick Pyle for that position?

    Maybe they became “buddies” on the internet.

    I hear Pyle liked the internet.

  5. RegimeOver, I think you are right and buddies do share the same interests, that could be why Zinke could salute the crowd at the 4th of July parade, the Mrs. dropping the F word and his sister-in-law helping to promote his campaign, and he shows no remorse or accountability for this behavior.

  6. I hear Pyle went on a trip to Europe with another Sgt. buddy of his.

    Did he hit the bars-no.

    Maybe a strip club-no.

    He went to see the BOYS choir.

    I’m just sayin’ .

  7. This is a person that Zinke and Nygren promoted and supported. T

    his case is only one example of how the Regime has operated in Mchenry County for years.

    The people of McHenry County should be “OUTRAGED”

    Both, Zinke and Nygren knew this was happening to that boy, and they stood by and let it happen.

    They called it a domestic issue and did nothing to stop it.


    Then when Pyle was finally arrested by the Feds, he continued to receive a salary, complements of the tax payers of McHenry County.

    Zinke should not be asked, he should be required to explain that at a public debate..

    If the tax payers of Mchenry County want productive, honest change in our Government the person to make that happen is BIll Prim.

    It’s not up to others to get out and vote on election day, we all need to accept responsibility and get out on election day and make it happen.

    The citizens of McHenry County hold the power of the vote, for which our forefathers have protected.

    Not even the Regime can take the right to vote from the people, nor can they change that…

    This is a very critical election in March and as many people as possible need to be there to help create change on behalf of everyone in our community…

    Right now the “Regime” holds the power in our County Government.

    Everyone can choose to accept the responsibility to take our government back by voting for Bill Prim..

  8. Zinke worked side by side this pathetic child sex offender.

    Nygren and Zinke were aware of how strange this Sgt Pyle really was, but what did Nygren and Zinke do ?

    They promoted him and allowed him to work closer with children victim of sexual abuse…

    This is like feeding a hungry alligator with fresh bloody chicken.

    The people that endorse zinke should be looked at very close.

    See how far that apple really does fall from the tree….

    That Deputy Milliman had spoke about child abuse cases that were Nygren and zinke were purposely keeping “quite”.

    Seems that Deputy Milliman wasn’t crazy at all.

    Zinke was Pyle’s direct Supervisor.

    You mean to tell me zinke didn’t know what was going on ?

    And this guy thinks he can be Sheriff ?

    come on, no way.

    The citizens of McHenry need Mr. Bill Prim to be the next Sheriff

  9. I hope Zinke has a good turn out at his fundraiser, when these people show up, start asking some serious questions of the elected officials that are there promoting the Nygren/Zinke regime.

    I am sure Mark Gummerson will be there too, to protect their rears for this great turnout.

    Just saying, you might not see them all together again for a while.

    Great time for a debate!!

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