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Ex-wife of St. Johns County sexual predator speaks out

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Updated: 8/17/2013 7:32 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The ex-wife of convicted sexual predator James Lyons is speaking out only to Action News. The woman, who did not want to share her identity, says tougher laws need to be passed to keep people like Lyons off the streets.

She fears her ex-husband will reoffend now that he's again a free man after being arrested for sexually attacking dogs.

Deputies and school officials have been warning parents about Lyons, who lives just feet away from a school bus stop.

"He's very dangerous. He needs to never be out," said Lyons' ex-wife.

According to police, he's not breaking any laws and unless he is convicted of attacking animals their hands are tied.

The woman says she was married to Lyons for six years. Their marriage ended after she found out about his crimes against children and reported it to police.

He served 13 years for sexually abusing minors but she says that sentence was not enough.

"It's not just animals. Animals might be his fallback, but children are not safe around him," said Lyons' ex-wife.

Action News went to Lyons' home for comment but no one came to the door.

Lyons' ex-wife is working with a group called Together Against Predators to help change sex predator laws.
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MadameX - 4/7/2014 10:16 PM
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Maybe she's one of those ex-wives who are determined to make their former spouse's life a living hell, no matter what the consequences --

Old Dog - 8/18/2013 5:01 PM
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If the courts and justice system won't protect the public from animals like this, then it is up to the citiziens to do so. If it were up to me and this was one of my neighbors, he would be found hanging by a rope from a tall tree. That is what sick animals like this deserve, point in case had someone (the courts & justice system) done more about Donald Smith, then Charish would have had the chance to live out the rest of her life. Sadly she never will but I bet it will be a very long time before Donald Smith gets the true justice he deserves. Is that fair, I think not.

nativejax - 8/17/2013 3:13 PM
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I am beginning to think..(ha)...that the people who sit in those chairs that are 'suppose' to JUDGE a criminal by his/her actions would do their job. As it is, they have a lot of blood on their hands and don't seem to care. How do they sleep at night? Oh that's right their fat cushy paycheck is on their minds, not justice. This sicko should be committed in a padded cell. He knows what he's doing, and he won't stop. STUPID JUDGE.

wishmistress - 8/17/2013 3:01 PM
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Ah, well. Just because the facts have been laid out before them, doesn't mean justice will be done until he actually kills someone.
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