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Date of Issue: December 08, 2006

Orlando-area cops seek more victims of Anna Maria retiree

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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.

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