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Not even a week after Denis Lyons pleaded guilty to being a child molester, another civil lawsuit has been filed against him and his longtime protector, the Catholic Diocese of Orange.
The lawsuit was actually introduced into Orange County Superior Court in September but was just delivered to Lyons, Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown and others by Santa Barbara-based lawyer Tim Hale.
The lawsuit claims that Lyons repeatedly molested a boy starting in 1979, when he was a fifth-grader at St. John the Baptist School in Costa Mesa, the same parish where Lyons molested the boy that led to his arrest. This is a completely new case and can't be criminally prosecuted due to statute of limitations; if found legitimate (and Hale's reputation is stellar), this will be Lyons' sixth-documented victim, placing him on track to reach such luminaries as Michael Harris, Siegfried Widera, and Eleuterio Ramos. Heckuva job, Brownie!