For the devastation he’s caused, a year in jail is a paltry sentence for Fr. Lyons. Still, we’re grateful he’ll be locked up and for years afterwards will be on probation.
We hope that Fr. Denis Lyons is given the maximum sentence. Harshly sentencing Lyons sends a powerful message. It warns other would be predators that if you harm children, you will be punished. It offers victims and their loved ones a sense of justice. And it keeps a dangerous predator from harming more kids.
Kids are safest when pedophiles are behind bars. And kids are even safer when every single person who saw, suspected or suffered a predator’s crimes comes forward. We are grateful to the brave victims of Fr. Lyons who came forward.
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