Man admits role in sexual assaults on teenage boy

Ricky Lyle

A Grand Junction man faces a possible life sentence in prison after admitting his role in repeated sexual assaults against a teenage boy.

Ricky Edward Lyle, 49, pleaded guilty Wednesday to separate counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, involving a victim under age 15.

Lyle was advised by Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand of prosecutors’ complicity theory of the case, meaning authorities believe he aided or abetted the sexual assaults.

Lyle acknowledged the victim, who told investigators the incidents started at age 13, was assaulted from February 2003 to January 2008.

“Sir, my conduct in this situation can’t be put into words,” Lyle told District Judge Brian Flynn, when asked by Flynn why he accepted a plea agreement. Lyle added he didn’t want the victim to be forced to testify at trial.

Lyle faces a possible life term in prison or a term in Mesa County community corrections during a sentencing hearing scheduled for Oct. 1.

Lyle’s wife, Cassandra, 39, faces a potential life sentence that same day after admitting last month to repeated sexual encounters with the same boy, including some incidents when she and her husband were high on methamphetamine.

“When (victim) expressed how scared he was, Ricky told him it was normal, and it would teach him how to pleasure girls,” reads an arrest affidavit.

The Lyles were arrested in February.


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