Orlando-area cops seek more victims of Anna Maria retiree
|Former Anna Maria resident Dr. George Pyke. Islander Photo: Courtesy Seminole County Sheriff's Office
When Dr. George Pyke was arrested in June at his Anna Maria residence
by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office on charges of capital sexual
battery on a child under 12, law enforcement authorities
in both Manatee and Seminole counties began searching for victims Pyke
may have abused.
That search has uncovered other victims and a pattern
of sexual abuse in Florida dating back more than 30
years, according to Carrie Hoeppner of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Pyke
is awaiting trial in Seminole County on the sexual battery charges.
An adult male now living
in Miami has come forward with allegations against
Pyke and the SCSO believes other victims may still be living in Florida.
Pyke retired to Anna Maria in 2001 after
a 30-year career as a medical doctor in the Orlando
area, where he often volunteered his services to perform physical examinations
for high school sports teams. However, he had his vacation home in Anna
Maria for 20 years and authorities believe there might be other victims
living in the Manatee County area.
Pyke has been released
on bail pending his court case.
The SCSO is asking
anyone who may have been sexually abused by Pyke to
contact investigator Dana Ortiz at 407-665-6600.