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Lori Vallow's Son Is Arrested In Arizona On Sexual Assault Charges

Colby Ryan – Lori Vallow's only surviving child – is facing two counts of domestic violence sexual assault after a woman told police he raped her while the pair were watching TV in her Mesa, Arizona home, even though she told him to stop and tried to push him off of her. 

By Jill Sederstrom
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The son of Lori Vallow—a woman awaiting trial for allegedly killing two of her children—was arrested in Arizona over the weekend on suspicion of sex crimes.

Colby Ryan is now facing two counts of domestic violence sexual assault after a woman told police the 26-year-old came to her Mesa home and raped her against her will, according to probable cause statement obtained by Oxygen.com.

Ryan, Vallow’s sole surviving child, allegedly went to the victim’s home on Wednesday to spend time with her and watch TV, according to the court documents.

The two engaged in consensual romantic contact and began to kiss, but at some point, the woman wanted to stop and told Ryan “I don’t want to do this,” “this isn’t a good idea” and “stop,” according to the court records.

Ryan was allegedly undeterred and raped the woman as she told him once again to stop and tried to push him away, authorities said. After the incident, the victim told Ryan “she was not okay with what happened” and wanted some space from him.

"The Victim said the Defendant said he was sorry and started to cry," the documents stated.

A police handout of Colby Ryan

She went into her bedroom and locked the door while Ryan slept out on the couch. The next morning, she recorded a conversation between the pair where Ryan allegedly admitted he “raped” her despite her requests for him to stop, according to the court records.

The alleged victim reported the incident to Mesa Police on Friday, providing the recorded audio to authorities and agreeing to a sexual assault exam.

Ryan was arrested Saturday around 5:40 p.m. and allegedly admitted to sexually assaulting the woman after she had asked him to stop multiple times in a recorded interview with investigators, authorities said.

Ryan has been an outspoken critic of his mother, Lori Vallow, who is accused of killing her two younger children Tylee Ryan, 16, and Joshua “JJ” Ryan, 7.

New police photo of Lori Vallow Daybell

“They took my family away from me, they took them away from everybody else that loved them,” Ryan told The U.S. Sun earlier this year of the shocking allegations against Vallow and her fifth husband Chad Daybell. “It’s one of the most painful things ever to hear, to hear details of how your own people, that you grew up around and loved, killed your own family.”

Ryan added that he believed his mom was “100 percent” responsible for his younger siblings' deaths.

Both children disappeared, weeks apart, in September of 2019 while Vallow was living in Idaho to be closer to Daybell, a religious doomsday author. The couple married later that year after both of their spouses died under allegedly suspicious circumstances.

Police began to look into the children’s whereabouts in November of 2019 after JJ’s grandparents called police and requested a welfare check.

Vallow initially claimed that JJ was visiting a family friend, but by the time police learned that was not true she had fled with Daybell to Hawaii, where she was arrested in February of 2020 for failing to physically produce the children.

Investigators discovered the remains of both children buried on Daybell’s property in June of 2020.

Vallow and Daybell are now facing a series of charges against them, including first-degree murder and a conspiracy charge for the children’s deaths. They also face conspiracy charges related to the death of Chad’s first wife Tammy Daybell, KSL reports.  Vallow is also facing conspiracy charges in the July 2019 death of her fourth husband, Charles Vallow.

They have pleaded not guilty to all charges and are expected to face trial in Idaho in 2023 for the murder allegations, according to KUTV.

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