Ingram man charged with having sex with 15-year-old girl

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An Ingram man who claimed to be a “state cop” had sex with a 15-year-old girl, then pretended to perform a rape exam on her, saying he could get material to frame her father, according to court documents.

Ronald Rizzo, 29, was being held in the Allegheny County Jail Monday after Allegheny County police arrested him over the weekend on charges of statutory sexual assault, impersonating a public servant and other crimes.

Also arrested was a 22-year-old man, Jonathan Lyons of Sheraden, who told police he loved the girl. Police said Mr. Lyons told them he did not have sex with the girl but did admit to various other acts on different occasions.

Mr. Lyons is charged with aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, interfering with child custody and other crimes.

According to a criminal complaint, the girl met Mr. Lyons in May and told him that she was 15. At some point afterward, her parents found out about the pair and sent Mr. Lyons a letter asking him to “cease contact” with the girl, police wrote.

But police said the two men didn’t. On Thursday, the girl’s parents contacted Swissvale police to report her missing. They said they found a message on the girl’s Facebook account indicating that she and Mr. Lyons intended to run away together to Ohio.

The girl told police, according to the complaint, that she met Mr. Lyons Wednesday evening and Mr. Rizzo drove them to his sister’s trailer park in Beaver County, where he “told her he was a ‘state cop’ and showed her a badge, which he kept in a brown suitcase.”

The 15-year-old girl told police Mr. Rizzo, who goes by Ricky, gave her vanilla vodka and then had sex with her. She said he then used cotton swabs to perform a “rape kit” on her, taking samples from numerous parts of her body.

“According to [Jane] Doe, Ricky told her ... he could input these swabs into a ‘cop system’ and change the names around so that it appeared that her father had sex with her and then her parents would get arrested and she would be free from them.”

Mr. Rizzo and Mr. Lyons took the girl Thursday to Downtown Pittsburgh, where she found a police car and asked the officers to take her home, police said.

Neither Mr. Rizzo nor Mr. Lyons had an attorney on file Monday evening. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.


Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1438 or on Twitter @LizNavratil. First Published August 5, 2014 12:00 AM


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