Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, May 9 2012 at 4:02 PM, Updated: Wed, May 9 2012 at 4:13 PM
A former Klamath County sheriff's deputy is serving time in jail...after pleading guilty to sex charges.
Joshua Bryant cut a deal which took him from felony to misdemeanor charges.
40 year old Joshua Bryant was arrested in June of last year on multiple counts of first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful sexual penetration - felony charges that carried serious prison time.
But on March sixth, Bryant pled 'guilty' to one count of coercion, and two counts of harassment...both are misdemeanor charges.
The plea deal got him about three months in the Hood River Jail, and 18 months probation.
While it wasn't her case, Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster explains how the case may have been pled down...
"From an indictment, the information that comes forward to a grand jury that justifies a grand jury indicting, and then what develops afterwards may make it difficult for a prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt."
Bryant was accused of spiking the drinks of two women in May of last year, then molesting them at a vacation cottage just north of Brookings.
Authorities were investigating if Bryant may have been involved in similar activities in other counties...but Forster says, "There is nothing pending in Klamath County at this time. Anything that would come from something that happened in our county would be handled by the Attorney General's office."
Bryant resigned from the Klamath County Sheriff's Office after the initial allegations were made.
As part of his plea agreement, Bryant must undergo sex offender evaluation, and surrender his law enforcement badge.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.