Pair accused of sex assault on teenager
Habitual criminal charges to be filed against man, wife
A Grand Junction husband and wife have been arrested on charges they sexually assaulted a teenage boy on multiple occasions, some of which reportedly occurred while the couple was high on methamphetamine.
Grand Junction police say the couple admitted the allegations to investigators or others and claimed the encounters were intended to teach the teen about sex.
Cassandra Bell Lyle, 39, and Ricky Edward Lyle, 49, both of 585 25 1/2 Road, No. 20, made their first appearances in court Wednesday via video feed from the Mesa County Jail. They were advised they could each be charged with six counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, six counts of sexual assault on a child in a pattern of abuse and six counts of enticement of a child.
Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum ordered them held on $200,000 bonds.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told Raaum that Cassandra and Ricky Lyle have multiple felony convictions, and he plans to file habitual-criminal charges against them. Those charges would significantly increase any sentence imposed if they are found guilty.
“I consider this to be a highly aggravated and reprehensible case,” he said.
Investigators said in an arrest affidavit they learned about the alleged assaults earlier this month after the boy disclosed the incidents to a relative. The relative then contacted Cassandra Lyle, the affidavit said.
“Cassandra told (the relative) that she thought what she did would make (the victim) more comfortable with women,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.
The boy, who was 13 when the alleged assaults began, gave investigators details about at least six assaults that occurred between 2006 and 2008. He said Cassandra Lyle had sex him while Ricky Lyle watched, and then the Lyles had sex while he watched. The boy said some of the assaults occurred while the Lyles were using meth, the affidavit said.
“When (the victim) expressed how scared he was, Ricky told him it was normal, and it would teach him how to please girls,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.
After police began investigating, the boy’s relative recorded a phone conversation between the boy and Cassandra Lyle in which she said she would go to jail if she admitted to the assaults, the affidavit said.
During a Feb. 19 interview with police, Cassandra Lyle admitted the allegations after initially denying them, the affidavit said. During an interview Tuesday, Ricky Lyle said he had smoked marijuana with the teen but denied the sex-assault allegations, the affidavit said.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show Cassandra Lyle has an arrest record dating back to 1995 and three felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and first-degree criminal trespass.
Ricky Lyle’s arrest record dates back to 2002, and he has two felony convictions for use of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the CBI.