January 20, 2006

Alexandria Diocese suspends retired priest


ALEXANDRIA, La. Bishop Ronald P- Herzog of Alexandria has suspended Monsignor Frederick J- Lyons from priestly duties following allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.

The news release from the Diocese of Alexandria did not contain specifics on the actual allegations including when or where the sexual misconduct took place. Lyons is a retired priest, so any alleged incident could have taken place years ago.

Herzog was unavailable for comment yesterday. However, in his statement, he said, the prohibition came after accusations were made to the Permanent Review Board of the Diocese of Alexandria. The board evaluates all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct involving minors.

The diocese has a policy for the protection of minors and can be found on the diocesan Web site on the Safe Environmental page.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2006 07:00 AM