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Iowa sex predator who advanced on former prison mate dies while incarcerated

Oakdale Iowa Medical Classifications Center

CORALVILLE – An Iowa sex predator who advanced on his former prison mate died while incarcerated, the state says.

Michael John Ryan was pronounced dead due to natural causes at 4:10 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center. Ryan was 70 years old at the time of his death.

Ryan had been serving a 24-year maximum term for multiple sexual predator-related crimes, the most serious of which was violation of Iowa Code 901A.2(2), Sexual Predator- 2 Prior Convictions from Mahaska County. He began serving his most recent sentence on February 21, 2002.

Michael Ryan was serving a prison sentence in Fort Madison when he came to know another prisoner named Adam. After Ryan’s release, he lived in Country Life Health Care in Oskaloosa. In October 2008, Adam moved into Country Life as well, and the two men resumed a friendship.

In the months leading up to November 2010, Adam alleges Ryan asked him to engage in certain sex acts. Specifically, Ryan wrote down a list of sex acts he wanted Adam to engage in and showed the list to Adam. Ryan offered to give Adam twenty dollars if Adam would let Ryan masturbate him. He offered Adam twenty dollars if Adam would perform oral sex on him. On one occasion, Ryan slapped Adam on the buttocks. Adam testified that “about the same time period in November [2010],” Ryan grabbed Adam’s penis through his clothing.

In November 2010, Adam was reading a newspaper in his room while Ryan sat on his bed and played video games. Ryan laid on top of Adam so that his penis was against Adam’s buttocks and whispered in his ear, “We need to meet tonight.” Charles Sytsma, maintenance worker at Country Life, witnessed the incident and talked to Adam about it afterward. He told Adam that if Ryan made him uncomfortable, he should report the incident.

Adam did report the incident, and Ryan was arrested for assault with intent to commit sexual abuse and prostitution. Ryan waived his right to a jury trial and a bench trial was held on February 23, 2011. Adam testified regarding Ryan’s behavior in the months leading up to the incident of November 30, 2010. Adam testified he did not report Ryan earlier because he was scared Ryan might try to hurt him.

On February 25, 2011, the district court found Ryan guilty on both counts. He was sentenced to an indeterminate ten-year term of imprisonment and ten years of parole on the assault charge, and two years of work release or parole on the prostitution charge, to be served concurrently. He lost an appeal in the case.

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