Life term possible for assaults on boy
A plea agreement formalized Monday allows for a maximum term of 48 years to life in prison for a woman who repeatedly raped a teenage boy.
Cassandra Bell Lyle, 39, of Grand Junction, pleaded guilty as part of a deal that leaves a possible prison term to the discretion of District Judge Brian Flynn.
“I know I did wrong,” Lyle said, when asked by the judge why she was taking the deal. Lyle said she hoped the victim can “move on” with his life.
Under the terms of Lyle’s deal, she agreed to testify if called against her husband, Ricky Edward Lyle, who was arrested on identical charges related to the same victim. The Lyles were arrested in February on allegations they forced the boy, who told investigators he was 13 when the abuse started, into sexual acts from February 2003 to September 2008, some of the incidents occurring when the couple was high on methamphetamine, according to an arrest affidavit.
The affidavit said they admitted to the acts, but claimed the encounters were intended as instruction on how to have sex.
“When (the victim) expressed how scared he was, Ricky told him it was normal, and it would teach him how to pleasure girls,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.
The assaults came to light in early February when the boy disclosed them to a relative, who confronted Cassandra Lyle.
“Casandra told (the relative) that she thought what she did would make (boy) more comfortable with women,” the affidavit said.
Lyle on Monday also admitted she was serving probation at the time of her February arrest, which was related to convictions in 2005 and 2006 for criminal mischief, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
Ricky Lyle, 49, is scheduled for a plea hearing on Aug. 4.
His wife will be sentenced Oct. 1.