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Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer Not a Free Bird

11/21/2007 1:53 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lynyrd Skynrd drummer Thomas Delmer Pyle was arrested Monday by the St. John's County, Fla. Sheriff's Department for failing to properly register as a sex offender. What's your name, little girl??
Artimus Pyle
The former drummer for the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Thomas Delmer Pyle, aka Artimus Pyle, 59, of Asheville, North Carolina, was booked Monday after he came to the sheriff's office to speak with detectives about a 1993 conviction. Pyle pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim under the age of 12, and principal to lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16 years old. He was sentenced to eight years probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.

TMZ obtained charging documents in which Pyle explains the reason for not registering his address is that he "travels a lot."

For now, his sweet home will be behind bars. His bail is currently set at $10,000

UPDATE: Pyle posted bail on Tuesday evening.

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maggie    

Please, let us remember this face and print it on our minds.

2442 days ago
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wickidkitty    

I'm normally not one to complain about silly comments. But your the statement "whats your name little girl" is a little rude. This is a very serouse matter.

2442 days ago
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magickat    

It's so crazy that people like this are celebrated musically. I think no matter how talented you are, if you lay your hands on children, you should be put away forever.

2442 days ago
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your mama    

of all the band members that were killed, how come this sleaze got so lucky???

2442 days ago
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www.sugar-shoes.co.uk    

Crazy

2442 days ago
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Sir Nigel Buttercrumpet    

CASTRATE ALL CHILD MOLESTERS. NO SECOND CHANCE. END OF STORY.

2442 days ago
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James    

I know Artimus and his family personally. I also know the reason for this conviction, and he has never kept this a secret. This all came about from a vicious ex-wife in a divorce/custody battle. Before anyone starts judging him or laying labels on him you should KNOW him and the real story.

2442 days ago
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James    

Which, incidentally... The child in question has always denied anything happened and they enjoy a great relationship to this day. Want to throw stones? Know the story... and the ex-wife...

2442 days ago
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Janice    

This guy should have died in the crash!

2442 days ago
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JV    

PROBATION for molesting a child????? Put him away in prison with the general population-no star treatment.

2442 days ago
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baby girl    

Southern man don't need him around anyhow!

2442 days ago
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bice    

Divorce is an ugly thing. The media is an ugly thing!!!!! Not one of you other than his friends and family know the truth.There are so many innocent men accused of these types of things and found guilty just on a childs say.However if truly guilty lets here the details of testimony.
And put them away.Don't sit in front of your computer an judge you have no right to do so our legal and political systems are a sham!!!!! and we pay for it!!!

2442 days ago
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vikki    

2 words NASTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2442 days ago
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Tangie    

Can someone tell me why a man would be sexually attracted to a child?! I am so sick of these sub-humans. There are more and more of them. Your children are not safe anywhere!

2442 days ago
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Kate    

Sorry but no matter how nasty a divorce gets, a man isn't found guilty of these kinds of charges without an extensive investigation. And if you read the above correctly, you would see he "pled guilty". An innocent man is never going to admit to raping or fondoling a child. It just wouldn't happen. It sickens me he only got 8 years probation. Sickening.

2442 days ago
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