POLK COUNTY -- An apartment fire over the Pioneer Bar in Frederic, Wisconsin, has led to felony charges including solicitation of a child for prostitution for the apartment’s tenant, Ckyle Gill, following law enforcement’s investigation into the origin of the fire.

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On March 25, 2022, just after 2a, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Village of Frederic, Wisconsin, for a report of an apartment on fire. The apartment was located above the Pioneer Bar, on Oak Street West in Frederic. Officers made contact by telephone with the tenant of the apartment, identified as Ckyle Gill, and learned that Gill had left a young female in the apartment while he went to deliver a motorcycle to Luck, Wisconsin. Gill advised law enforcement that the female was from Minnesota and that she was staying with him because she was homeless.

Shortly before 3a, on March 25, 2022, 911 received a call stating that a tenant of a residence on Polk Avenue South had a trespasser locked in the basement furnace room of their residence. Law enforcement responded to the residence and found the furnace door room to be locked from the inside. A female voice responded to Deputies from within the room, and a lengthy period of negotiation occurred, during which Deputies attempted to convince the female to open the door.

The female was crying and seemed very panicked, according to the criminal complaint, stating that she was afraid of an unknown male and was concerned that he was outside the room. The door to the furnace room was removed, and the female exited the room, however, continued to behave in a panicked manner. She also indicated that her wrists were broken. The female did provide a name to Deputies, and she was transported for medical care.

Polk County Law Enforcement made contact with Minnesota Law Enforcement and it was confirmed that the female was under the age of 18, and had been reported missing on March 9, 2022. The criminal complaint filed against Gill identifies the female as a minor and a victim, and no information is provided as to her identity.

The female victim was interviewed further by law enforcement, and she stated that she has been using methamphetamine for a few years and became homeless due to her meth use. The criminal complaint filed against Gill states that he had been informed that the female was 17 years old and that Gill provided methamphetamine to the female victim. The meth that Gill allegedly provided to the female victim caused such a strong physical reaction that the female became panicked and thought that someone was after her and decided to start a fire in the apartment to cause a distraction. The female then jumped out a 2nd story window and ran down the street, before concealing herself in another residence.

Law enforcement made contact with Gill and interviewed him. The criminal complaint filed against Gill states that he wrote out a voluntary statement. Gill told law enforcement that he met the female online and they chatted for several weeks. The female needed a place to stay, and so Gill picked her up and brought her back to his residence. He stated that he did have sex with the female, and then left to deliver the motorcycle. He later received a phone call from an acquaintance advising him of the fire. Gill stated that he believed the female was 19 years old.

Ckyle Gill

Gill was taken into custody for giving drugs to a juvenile and having sex with a juvenile. Gill stated that he "didn’t do anything wrong," and that he often allows people, both male, and female, to stay with him for short periods of time. Gill added that it was his house that got burned down, and asked law enforcement if he was "going to jail?"

Online circuit court records show that Gill is charged with Class C Felony Trafficking of a Child; Class D Felony Soliciting a Child for Prostitution; Class D Felony Child Enticement - Prostitution; Class D Felony Child Enticement; Class F Felony Delivery of Methamphetamine - Distribution to Minors; and Two counts of Class I Felony Exposing Genitals.

Gill appeared on March 28, 2022, regarding the charges filed against him and the Hon. James Krupa ordered a $5,000 cash bond with conditions that Gill is not to have contact with the female victim. Gill is also not to have intentional contact with any minors in person or online in any fashion or possess any controlled substances without a prescription and only in amount/frequency as prescribed. Gill will be subject to drug testing to determine compliance upon reasonable suspicion and he is not to possess drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled to appear again in Polk County Circuit Court on his charges in April 2022.

At the time of this post, DrydenWire does not have any additional information regarding any charges being filed against any other parties involved in this matter.

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Last Update: Apr 05, 2022 12:22 pm CDT

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