By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man has been given a 15-year prison term followed by 10 years of probation for molesting an 11-year-old girl, to whom he is related, in her home while he allegedly thought she was asleep.

Colten Allen Ryba, 29, who has been in custody since his arrest in January, pleaded guilty to two counts of lewd molestation last week before Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, who ordered him to register as a sex offender on his release from prison, court records show.

The girl’s mother contacted KUSH following his arrest to request that her daughter be given privacy so that she could heal.

The girl had told a forensic interviewer at the Saville Center in Stillwater that she was afraid Ryba would start doing the same thing to her little sister if she did not say anything Cushing Police Officer Justin Sappington wrote in an affidavit.

The Cushing officer was sent at 9:07 a.m. on Jan. 14 to the girl’s home, where her mother, who was visibly upset and crying, said her daughter “just told her she had been touched,” by Ryba, the affidavit said.

The girl had asked to stay home from school that day “because she had something important to tell her mother,” the affidavit said.

The Cushing officer did not interview the girl, who was taken to the Saville Center in Stillwater, where she said that possibly the first time occurred in 2017 at a family member’s house, the affidavit said.

The girl said “she acted like she was asleep because she was afraid,” the affidavit said.

At the Cushing police station in an interview that was audio and video-recorded, Ryba “first denied any inappropriate contact,” but later admitted to touching the girl as she slept on Jan. 11, the affidavit said.

Ryba claimed “this was the first and only time this had happened,” the affidavit said.