Artimus Pyle, a former drummer for legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, was in jail on charges he failed to properly register as a sex offender, St. Johns County authorities said.
The 59-year-old, whose real name is Thomas Delmer Pyle, was being held Tuesday on $10,000 (€6,764) bail. The jail had no information on whether he was represented by a lawyer.
Pyle pleaded guilty in 1993 in Duval County on charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and principal to lewd and lascivious on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation and designated as a sex offender. He was arrested in 1992 after two girls 4- and 8-year-old sisters told investigators Pyle had sex with them.
Pyle renewed his driver’s license last month, authorities said. Because he is required to register as a sex offender in Florida, the records were automatically forwarded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement sex offender database.
Detectives attempted to verify Pyle’s address and discovered he had not lived there for many years. It also was determined Pyle had not registered since 2001.
Authorities found Pyle had moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Authorities said Pyle told them that he lived in Florida.
Pyle told The Florida Times Union newspaper that when he renewed his license in Florida, he gave the address of a rental home. He said he has not lived there for about five years but had plans to move back.
He was told to register as a sex offender in his current state of residency, but he has since failed to change his address and register in person as required by Florida law, the sheriff’s office said.
"Of course I’m registered in the state of Florida where the incident happened," Pyle told the newspaper. "I just think they the police got it wrong."
Pyle was arrested Monday when he came to the sheriff’s office to speak with detectives.
According to the Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Web site, Pyle joined the band in 1975 and left in 1992.