• Slain Brevard County deputy's son faces child sex charges


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Channel 9 learned the son of a Brevard County deputy who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in 2012 has been arrested on child sex charges.

    Ryan Pill, the son of slain Deputy Barbara Pill, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

    Ryan Pill is a former deputy and corrections officer who was fired after allegations came to light in October. He turned himself in last week on charges he had sex with a 16-year-old girl at least twice and quickly posted the $30,000 bond.

    The sheriff's office said it wanted to be meticulous in its case and waited to file the charges.

    The investigation was turned over to the state attorney's office last year, which was also cautious before filing charges.

    "We have to research telephone records," said Sheriff Wayne Ivey. "We have to see if there are computers, anything like that that gives us the meat of the case."

    According to Sheriff's Office records, the victim in the case was initially hesitant to cooperate. She eventually described a sexual relationship that took place over months at Pill's residence, authorities said.

    "We wanted to make sure we had an air-tight case before we went any further," said Ivey.

    In April, a jury recommended the death penalty for Barbara Pill's killer, 24-year-old Brandon Bradley.

    The judge will take the jury's recommendation into consideration and will announce Bradley's sentence at a later date.

    Prosecutors said Pill's murder was an act of premeditation.  Bradley was on probation at the time of the shooting and fleeing from another crime. 

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