Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ex-priest charged with sex abuse of boy, 7

Last updated July 21, 2009 11:20 a.m. PT

Ex-priest charged with past sex abuse of boy

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A former Southern California priest who was accused of molesting a teenager more than 30 years ago has been charged with abusing a boy in another incident in the mid-1990s.

District attorney spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder says Costa Mesa police took 75-year-old Denis Lyons into custody and booked him on Monday.

Schroeder says Lyons has been charged with four felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under the age of 14.

Prosecutors say Lyons abused the boy from 1992 to 1995 at St. John the Baptist School, starting when the child was 7.

Charges that Lyons molested a teenage boy beginning in 1978 were dropped in 2003 after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding prosecuting older sex crimes.

Lyons was removed from ministry in 2002.

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