McHenry sheriff's official charged with sexual assault

January 8, 2012 5:37:25 PM PST
A 10-year veteran of the McHenry County Sheriff's Office has been charged with 10 counts of predatory criminal sexual assault.

Sgt. Gregory Pyle was immediately relieved of law enforcement powers and placed on administrative leave following an investigation by county officials and the Illinois State Police, according to a statement released by the sheriff's office. Allegations against Pyle were reported to the sheriff's office Friday evening, according to the statement.

The investigation determined probably cause and Pyle surrendered to state police without incident Saturday evening, the statement said.

"We are deeply concerned any time a Department member has violated the honor of this Organization" the statement said. "These allegations are serious, but should not tarnish the integrity of the hard-working and dedicated men and women of this office who risk their lives to serve and protect our communities every day,"