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7/29/2021 1:00:00 PM
Former Lincoln County Man Extradited From Florida
Child Sexual Assault Charges
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release

LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies extradited a former Lincoln County man from Florida on child sexual assault charges.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective D. Snellings was assigned the case on June 21, 2021 after the Department of Social Services filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s Office. The complaint stated the victim reported to her parents about inappropriate touching when she was nine or 10 years old. The incidents occurred when Gary Edward Pyne, 61, of Beverly Hills, Florida was living in the Iron Station area of Lincoln County. The victim was known by the suspect.

Working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents in Citrus County, Florida, Detective Snellings gathered enough evidence to place Pyne under arrest. Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents arrested Pyne at his Beverly Hills, Florida home and placed him in the Citrus County, Florida Detention Center as a fugitive from North Carolina.

Pyne refused extradition to North Carolina from Florida. An extradition hearing was held in Florida and Pyne was ordered returned to North Carolina. He was picked up in Citrus County, Florida by Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and returned to the state on July 27, 2021. He was served warrants charged him with two felony counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of secret peeping. He was taken before a Lincoln County magistrate and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

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