ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) -- A former northern Illinois sheriff's deputy who investigated child pornography has pleaded guilty to federal charges involving sex with a minor.
The U.S. District Attorney's Office and the FBI say 38-year-old Gregory M. Pyle of Crest Hill, Ill., entered the plea Friday in federal court in Rockford.
Pyle is a former McHenry County Sheriff's Department deputy who prosecutors say once led that department's child pornography investigations.
He admitted in court documents that he took a 9-year-old boy from suburban Chicago to Milwaukee in 2008, sexually abused him and posted the photos online.
He'd been with the sheriff's department for 10 years when he was charged in 2012.
Pyle is formerly of Crystal Lake. He faces 30 years to life in prison when he's sentenced April 14.
According to court documents, an individual under investigation for child pornography identified the usernames of other individuals with whom he had traded child pornography over the internet. Pyle was allegedly identified as the person using two of those usernames. The complaint alleges that Pyle transmitted sexually explicit images via the internet under those usernames including depictions of a minor child. During a later interview, the minor stated that Pyle had sexually abused him on multiple occasions, including on a trip to Wisconsin. The complaint alleges that in December 2008 Pyle traveled to Wisconsin with the child, then 10 years of age, with the intent to engage in a sexual act with the child, and to produce child pornography that was then transmitted via the internet.
Pyle appeared before U.S. Magistrate P. Michael Mahoney in U.S. District court and was ordered to remain in federal custody without bond pending a detention hearing at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2012.
The charges were announced by the acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Gary Shapiro, and Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Grant. The Illinois State Police and the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce assisted in the investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Love. Crossing a state line to engage in a sexual act with a minor under 12 carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years and a maximum of life in prison. Sexual exploitation of a child under 12 years of age for the purpose of producing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison and both counts carry a $250,000 maximum fine. If convicted, the actual sentence will be determined by a United States District Court Judge, guided by the United States Sentencing Guidelines.