CHICAGO

Gregory Pyle, McHenry County Police Officer, Faces Criminal Sex Assault Charges

A 10-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office -- and its Internet sex crimes computer specialist -- has been put on administrative leave and has been charged with 10 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

The allegations against Pyle were reported to the sheriff's office and Illinois State Police Friday, when they launched an investigation. Within 24 hours, the McHenry County State's Attorney's Office determined probable cause and pressed charges. Pyle peacefully surrendered late Saturday, NBC Chicago reports.

The charges indicate the victim was younger than 13 years old. If convicted, Pyle could face a maximum sentence of between six and 13 years for each count, according to the Daily Herald.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office stated that they are "deeply concerned any time a department member has violated the honor of this organization," but also stressed that the matter is domestic in nature, the Northwest Herald reports.

Pyle, released from McHenry County jail early Sunday after posting bail -- 10 percent of his $200,000 bond -- is next due to appear in court Jan. 27.

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