A former Illinois police officer who was an online child sexual abuse investigator was just given a 50 year sentence by a federal judge for his own pedophilia. The story of Gregory Pyle is yet another sordid and sorrowful tale of how psychopaths are able to successfully dodge screening and oversight to embed themselves within the nation’s police forces where they then run amok. Pyle, who used to be a deputy with the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse earlier this year and was hammered by the law last week at sentencing.
According to a story on the website of the Chicago Tribune in a story entitled “Ex-sheriff’s deputy gets 50 years in child sex abuse case”:
A former McHenry County sheriff’s deputy who had investigated online sex crimes was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday for the repeated sexual abuse of a child.
Gregory Pyle, who pled guilty in January to crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with child under the age of 12, told the judge that he “couldn’t be more sorry for my actions. I hope that one day I’ll be free again.”
But that did little to sway U.S. District Judge Frederick Kapala, who called Pyle’s actions “heinous and despicable.”
“He took a young, helpless child” who should have been able trust Pyle and “he perverted the entire situation,” the judge said.
The victim’s mother also addressed the judge in federal court in Rockford Wednesday. She said her son is now angry and depressed and has been hospitalized twice for suicidal thoughts.
Pyle “never thought for one moment what he was doing to that little boy,” the woman said. “…I want you to remember my son’s childhood is gone.”
In seeking a sentence of 35 years, Pyle’s attorney noted his military and law enforcement background. He cited a letter from 2002, written by a military superior who described Pyle’s “good character.”
But Kapala said that while Pyle lived a seemingly law-abiding life as a police officer, he “was a horrible person who did despicable things.”
The fact that Pyle has “accepted responsibility” and shows remorse had little impact on the sentence, the judge said.
Prosecutors had alleged that Pyle shot video of the sexual abuse and shared it with others online. A charge of producing child pornography was dropped in exchange for Pyle’s guilty plea.
But as he sentenced Pyle, the judge also noted Pyle’s actions after he got caught, when he allegedly hid and destroyed evidence.
Pyle, who had worked on the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, used “heavy encryption” to hide the files on his personal computer and later threw a computer into a pond to hide evidence, Kapala said.
Additional detail is provided by the website of the local Chicago CBS affiliate which reported early this year in a story entitled “McHenry County Sergeant Pleads Guilty To Abusing Child”:
A 10-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff’s office on Friday pleaded guilty to bringing a child to Wisconsin, sexually abusing the child and then distributing the images on the Internet.
Gregory Pyle, 38, of Crest Hill, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Frederick J. Kapala in Rockford to crossing a state line with intent to engage in a sexual act with a person under the age of 12, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Pyle admitted that on Dec. 13, 2008, he had custody of a child when he drove from Crystal Lake to Milwaukee with the intention of engaging the child in sexual acts and “producing visual depictions” of the acts, the release said.
Pyle admitted that he stayed overnight in a Milwaukee hotel with the child and engaged in sexual acts that were “sadistic, masochistic, and violent,” prosecutors said.
He then produced images of the acts and distributed them through the Internet.
Pyle — a sergeant with a decade of service with the sheriff’s office — surrendered to Illinois State Police last year after a joint investigation by State Police and McHenry County officials into sexual assault allegations.
The sergeant was a member of the Illinois chapter of the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force — a subset of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
It is scum like this degenerate pig who do enormous damage to the image of American law-enforcement officers. The majority of them serve with pride and professionalism in an ugly and thankless job and it must pain them to no end to see stuff like this. There has to be a better job of screening and oversight implemented in order to separate the criminals from the cops and Pyle is just one more example of this.
Nearly as tragic as the acts of little boy-buggering themselves is that Pyle will be doing his time inside of a federal prison due to the interstate nature of his crimes. He has therefore been spared from the state penal system where he would have been mixed in with the worst of the worst.
Justice truly will not have been served until he has been properly trained to be the cellblock’s new bitch and pimped out a dozen times a day for cigarettes.