John Michael Pyle, 61, from Sarasota, Florida was arrested by the Sarasota Police Department on 30 counts of possessing child pornography June 24, 2016 and was facing up to 450 years in prison. Pyle was arrested at his residence located in the Oasis On Osprey Condominium complex in Sarasota, Florida, following tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Then, he disappeared.
John Michael Pyle married his wife Toninne Maria Pironne Pyle, 66, 39 years ago, but the couple never had children. Toninne Pironne Pyle is Italian, originally from New York, New York. The couple considered themselves to be conservative Republicans and may connect with others who relate as conservative Republicans.
It is unclear if Toninne was on the cruise with him and also disappeared into the island of Cozumel, Mexico. However, her Facebook account has been updated as recent as June 15, 2018 and as of November 8, 2016, she was in a ‘relationship’ with Patrick [Daugherty?]. A recent Facebook post by Toninne says, “Animal Abusers Will Now Be Registered Like Sex Offenders”
Pyle describes himself as a “survivor, above all else”. After dropping out of Manatee High School, he launched a series of failed business ventures.
- From October 25, 1989 to November 9, 1990 Pyle was co owner of MEARS-PYLE INVESTMENTS, INC.
- From September 14, 1992 to September 19, 2002 Pyle and his wife owned CA’ D’ZAN (“House of John”) INTERNATIONAL, INC.
- On October 5, 1998 Jamaican Me Crazy was listed as a corporation owned by Pyle.
- From June 1, 2007 to June 26, 2008 Pyle owned ARCHITECTURAL POOL ENCLOSURES LLC
- From August 12, 2011 to September 27, 2013 Pyle was also connected to THE PATRIOT TRUST, INC.
- From September 14, 2015 to September 23, 2016 (three months after his arrest) Pyle owned CRYPTOCURRENCY ASSOCIATES SARASOTA LLC.
Detectives say they found Pyle to be in possession of “more than 10 images of child pornography” after an initial search of his computer and phone. Later, he was charged with 30 counts. Pyle was incarcerated at the Sarasota County Jail, 2020 Main St Sarasota, FL. He was arraigned on July 29, 2016 for charges of “OBSCENE MATERIAL-POSSESS: POSS CONTROL VIEW DEPICTION CHILD SEX CONDUCT”. He posted a $90,000 bond and became a fugitive when he failed to show up for a court hearing on October 23, 2017.
Though Pyle surrendered his passport as part of his bond, he was still able to board Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Paradise from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico.
Carnival Paradise arrived in Cozumel October 11 at 0700 hours. Pyle then got off the cruise ship and did not return before Carnival Paradise departed at 1600 hours that day.
This is now a federal case, as he absconded internationally to avoid prosecution via a federally regulated cruise ship. If you see him in Cozumel, or perhaps on the mainland in the Rivera Maya, you can contact your local FBI Office or call toll-free at 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
A warrant for his arrest has been issued.
John Michael Pyle is 59 years-old, 5’9″ tall, weighs 175 pounds, has blue eyes and is either bald if his head is shaved or has white hair. His original hair color is red. A tattoo on his left forearm proclaims that “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” People often assume Pyle is a veteran, but he has never served in the military, though the couple have participated in the Patriot Run Across America. Pyle does however consider himself a “patriot” and may befriend other American ex-pats in Mexico.
Cozumel is an island, the only way to leave is by ferry to the mainland.
There is another video of John Michael Pyle for more identifying physical traits.
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Video: John Pyle radio interview 2012