A 44-year-old Oakdale man was arrested Monday afternoon, Jan. 7, after police say he was named in the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The teen, who admitted she had been drinking at a party hosted by the suspect, was later reportedly molested by him after falling asleep.
Oakdale Police Officer Aaron Beatty stated the victim’s mother contacted police when her daughter confided in her days later about the assault.
According to police, the suspect, Timothy Lyman, knew the victim through a local soccer league that she participated in within Oakdale. Lyman, who is divorced with a teenage daughter, hosted a party at his Oakdale home on Dec. 26 with some area teens attending and served alcohol at the gathering.
“The victim said she was drinking at the party at his place and fell asleep in a bedroom,” said Beatty. “Late that night she was woken up and the suspect was having sex with her.”
Beatty added that during the investigation, Lyman was contacted by police and voluntarily came to the police station for an interview.
Beatty said that Lyman admitted during questioning that he had also been drinking at the party, became intoxicated, and did not deny having sex with the victim.
“He made it sound like it was consensual,” Beatty said.
Lyman, self-employed, told police he was a soccer coach of the girls. Those associated with the soccer league said Lyman was not a coach, only an involved parent.
On Jan. 7, police were still investigating the incident and didn’t know if Lyman may have assaulted other teens who were at the party or if any of the teens attending witnessed the crime.
Lyman was booked at Stanislaus County Jail and was being held on $100,000 bail pending a court appearance scheduled for today, Wednesday Jan. 9. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department website listed the charges filed against him as annoying or molesting children, lewd or lascivious act with a minor and rape.