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Deputies warning parents of sex predator living near bus stop

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Updated: 8/14/2013 6:37 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- School is about to start in St. John's County and deputies are warning parents because of the new address of a registered sexual predator.

"That's pretty disgusting. I think he's not much of a man," said Jack Stickney.

Stickney isn't happy learning about his new neighbor. James Lyons is out on bond after being arrested twice in a matter of days on a disturbing charge.

"Mr. Lyons is an individual who we have alleged has committed some fairly heinous acts with animals," said Commander Chuck Mulligan with the St John's County Sheriff's Office.

The St Johns County Sheriff's Office said Lyons had sex with his neighbor's dog and then his own.

As the manager of Diamond D Paradise Ranch, which bumps up to Lyons' new residence, Stickney said he is now in fear for his own animals.

"Being this close to my animals it does bother me because we walk this property every night," he said.

Lyons is a registered sexual predator convicted of attempted sexual battery on a child and a sexual act with a child.

He's awaiting trial on the new charges that involve animals. In the meantime, he just registered at a home on US 1 South. Here's the kicker -- it's just 30 feet from a school bus stop. The Sheriff's Office wants parents to be aware of that.

"There's quite a few kids that live around here and there's a bus that comes through here and picks up a lot of kids," said Stickney.

Stickney wants to know why that's allowed. Mulligan said it is because he is no longer on probation and served his time for his conviction. Stickney said he worries a legal loophole is opening the door for this man to offend again.

"Don't touch my dogs. Ill tell you right now. Don't tough my dogs," he said.

Only one student gets picked up for school just steps from where Lyons is living. And even though police said it's legal, it's enough for the St Johns County Public School System to take action.

Action News has learned a total of three bus drivers whose routes pass this house are getting copies of his picture. Those drivers have been informed of his history and are told to be vigilant.

"We have let the neighborhood be aware of his presence there and certainly out school resource deputies will reach out to the children and the parents," said Mulligan.

Police also regularly monitor the residence, as they do for all registered sexual predators and offenders. But beyond that, their hands are tied, so Mulligan urges parents to be proactive.

"They're free back in society as having served their time so certainly they have a right to exist and certainly they are going to exist somewhere. That doesn't mean you can't be aware of it," he said.

The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office has a special section on its website where people can look up sex offenders and sex predators in their neighborhood.
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puzzlebox003 - 1/29/2014 7:52 PM
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Well he's not going to be around for 8 years. He's 53 now.....61 when he gets out, assuming he survives 8 years of prison, he will have 9 years of tough probation, which he is likely to fail, and get sent back again!I think he is no longer a threat to society. However if it were up to me, either public hanging or firing squad!

Fred Thompson - 8/14/2013 9:57 PM
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Once again get rid of this political correctness. Its time to get RUTHLESS on the criminals of all sorts!

nativejax - 8/14/2013 9:38 PM
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Oh my God..what the hell does it take to change the system to protect our children and pets? Inexcusable...he needs to be 6 foot under, not free to ruin another child or animal. SICK ASS STUPID JUDGE, in a sick ass stupid court house. I guess we better get prepared Realchange, there will be another 'victim' soon, he will go to jail for a short stint, but his victim will be in hell for the life...this just makes me so mad and sick.

Realchange - 8/14/2013 7:09 PM
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If he has raped children in the past what is he doing out so early now? Wouldn't this sex crime = violation of probation and return to jail?

Gunny48 - 8/14/2013 5:38 PM
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This is messed up. He should NEVER be allowed out of custody. Children & then dogs!??? Somebody or something is going to be raped and/or murdered by this individual before long.
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