GRAND RAPIDS, MI – James Theodore Pyle, 27-years-old, of Allegan, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 245 months’ imprisonment for sexual exploitation of a minor. The Court also ordered that he spend ten years on supervised release and pay a fine of $2,500.
In 2014, Pyle posed as “Roman Kalhart” on Facebook, claiming he was 15 years old. He befriended numerous young teens and persuaded them to send him sexually explicit photographs.
In sentencing Pyle, Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker commented on the sheer number of victims, noting that the investigation showed Pyle had obtained photographs from as many as 50 to 70 minors, at least 20 of whom were outlined in the presentence investigation report.
At the time of the offense, Pyle was on probation for accosting a child for immoral purposes. His probation was revoked and on January 25, 2015, he was sentenced in Allegan County Circuit Court to 33 to 48 months in prison. Chief Judge Jonker ordered that his federal sentence be served consecutively to his state sentence, which will be completed on November 20, 2018.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office takes very seriously cases involving child predators,” said U.S. Attorney Birge. “Those people who would use the internet to hide their true identity to befriend and exploit children deserve the fullest punishment the law provides.”