Colby Ryan Today: Update in the Case Against Lori Vallow’s Son

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Maricopa County Sheriff Colby Ryan, son of Lori Vallow, appears in a mugshot for a case that has since been dropped.

Colby Ryan, the surviving son of Lori Vallow, had the charges filed against him dismissed without prejudice. He was released from jail in Arizona, according to East Idaho News.

Ryan, 26, was arrested earlier this month, September 5, 2022, on allegations of sexual assault in Mesa, Arizona, the news outlet reported. The dismissal of his case came just days before Netflix was scheduled to drop a documentary on Vallow and the death of her two other children. The documentary, “Sins of Our Mother,” features interviews with Ryan. It is scheduled for release Wednesday, September 14, 2022, according to Netflix.

Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, are charged with the murder of her son Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and daughter, Tylee Ryan, 17, according to NBC News. Vallow is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of her previous husband, Charles Vallow. Alex Cox shot and killed Charles Vallow, claiming the killing was in self defense, authorities said. Cox later died, and police said his cause of death was natural.

Here’s what you need to know:

Ryan Was Released From Jail But His Rape Case Remains Open

East Idaho News reported that the case filed against Ryan was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that new charges could still be filed against Ryan. He had a hearing scheduled for today, September 13, 2022, but that hearing was cancelled. He was released from jail Friday, September 9.

A woman reported to law enforcement that Ryan raped her while they were at her house watching TV, the news outlet reported. She is not being identified because she says she was a victim of rape. Ryan is no longer facing those charges. Officials did not tell the news outlet why the charges were dropped. He was not required to post bail for release.

“The case is under review by our office. The dismissal was without prejudice, which allows us to refile charges,” Jennifer Liewer told

Police Allege That Ryan Confessed to Rape in Interviews

NBC reviewed an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case that said Ryan was at the woman’s house August 31, 2022, and that they were watching TV together. She said they were kissing, which was consensual, but that she did not want to have sexual intercourse with him. She told police that Ryan touched her inappropriately, and that she told him to stop. She further alleged that Ryan raped her, according to NBC.

He later told her that he was sorry and cried, the affidavit said, according to NBC. She recorded a conversation with Ryan, in which he admitted to inappropriately touching her and raping her, according to NBC.

“During the recorded conversation the Defendant agreed that he ‘raped’ the Victim,” the affidavit says, according to NBC. Police further said that Ryan ‘made verbal admissions’ to the alleged crime in interviews with police, according to NBC.

Conditions of Ryan’s release include a no-contact order for the alleged victim and the officers who arrested Ryan, which prevents him from initiating contact with them. He is also prohibited from possessing any drugs without a valid prescription, according to NBC.

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