Another Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Diocese of Orange and Pedo-Priest it Protected, Denis Lyons

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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!

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It is going to be interesting to see who what defense firm the Diocese of Orange will hire in the lawsuit. Hopefully, it is not the same law firm that simultaneously represents the OC Sheriff's Department, County of Orange, Los Angeles Catholic Charities, the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese and multiple public school districts, with a total disregard for potential conflicts of interest. No doubt that they all share attorneys based on public court records.... the OC Sheriff may protect the Diocese of Orange at times, and the Diocese of Orange gets regular backroom quid pro quo favors.

Someone is financially gains when attorneys simultaneously represent clients with potential adverse interests. Think about it... if you were a parent with a child that attended one of the Diocese of Orange schools who was sexually abused, would you feel safe when reporting the sex abuse crime to the OC Sheriff's Department, knowing that the Diocese of Orange simultaneously hires the same attorneys and law firm that represent the OC Sheriff.

WHAT A PATHETIC AND DISGRACEFUL PUBLIC SAFETY CRISIS! Does the OC Board of Supervisors care? Absolutely not... look at their track record of litigation and legal fees that are recklessly spent. Someone is laughing all the way to the bank and it sure isn't the OC taxpayers or individuals needing federal healthcare funds to care for their families.

John Moorlach and the others give elected public servants a bad rap! 

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