Klamath Falls Man Faces 48 Felony Sex Charges

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, May 10 2013 at 3:18 PM, Updated: Fri, May 10 2013 at 7:11 PM

A Klamath Falls man is behind bars tonight, accused of sexually abusing a young girl over a period of seven years...

50 year old Ronny Alan Rykbost was arraigned this afternoon on 48 counts of measure 11 sex crimes.

Sergeant Bob Fenner of the Oregon State Police says the victim was under the age of 12 when the alleged abuse began in 2000, and continued for seven years.

"It's a female victim, who's now an adult, who was related to him at the time."

Rykbost was arrested Thursday following a two month long investigation by State Police.

"The victim came forward to our detectives."  Notes Sergeant Fenner.  "Our detectives interviewed the victim, and that's what started the investigation."

Police say they found suspected child pornography after a search warrant was served at Rykbost's home.

"We did seize some digital media."  Stated Fenner.  "And we looked at some of that digital media, and we found some videos on there that appear to have children involved in sexually explicit conduct."

Sergeant Fenner adds that none of the images appear to be of the victim who came forward.

Rykbost could face additional charges as the investigation continues.

Rykbost's bail is set at one million dollars.  He could face a 25 year minimum sentence if convicted on a single count of sodomy or unlawful sexual penetration.  He's been charged with a dozen counts each of first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration, and encouraging child sexual abuse...all class 'A' felonies.

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Lyle Ahrens

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.

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