Fr. Denis Lyons

Ordained: 1958
Status: Settled

Diocese: Archdiocese of Los Angeles CA

Removed in 2002 after allegations of abuse in 1979. Arrested in 2003; charged with abuse of teens. Charges dropped in 2003 after Supreme Court ruling on SOL. Sued several times. On both L.A. and Orange diocese lists of accused priests. Suit in 3/08 claimed abuse in 1994/1995; settled 2/09. Prior to this settlement, Orange had already paid $4M plus in settlements. Arrested on new charges 7/09. Plea bargain of guilty 3/23/12. Sentenced 8/24 to 1 year jail, 5 years probation and to register as sex offender. New suit 3/27/12. Status per Orange diocese website 8/12/16 was “Life of Prayer and Penance.”

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