Tuesday, February 10, 2009
(02-10) 21:52 PST Santa Ana, CA (AP) --
An Orange County priest who was accused of molesting a boy more than 30 years ago is facing new civil allegations that he sexually abused a third-grader in the 1990s.
The Orange County Register reported Tuesday that Denis Lyons is a defendant in a lawsuit that claims he abused a boy at St. John the Baptist School four times between 1994 and 1995.
Prosecutors say Lyons was charged with molesting a teenage boy over a three years beginning in 1978.
Those charges were dropped in 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that California couldn't prosecute people for sex crimes after the statute of limitations has expired.
The Diocese of Orange says Lyons was removed from ministry in 2002.