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Date of Issue: June 07, 2007

Sex offender decides against Island residence

Convicted sex offender George Pyke has apparently decided against returning to his Anna Maria residence at 776 N. Shore Drive.

Following his May 10 conviction in an Orlando court for lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor, Pyke was given 10-years probation and had indicated to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement he would return to his Anna Maria home to serve his probation.

But Pyke also listed an address at 755 Lake Como Drive in Lake Mary with the FDLE. On June 1, the FDLE Web site for convicted sexual offenders indicated Pyke has chosen to make the Lake Mary address his permanent residence.

The Shore Drive property is listed for sale at $995,000. According to the Manatee County Property Appraiser's Office, it is owned jointly by Pyke, Mark English and Dorothy English.

Pyke was arrested in June 2005 in connection with the sexual molestation of an Anna Maria youth, but those charges were later dropped to allow the Orlando case to move forward.

Pyke's 10-year sentence and probation was approved by the victim.