April 10, 2006

Man seeking pastor's removal is arrested

Albany Times Union

By COLIN McDONALD, Staff writer
First published: Monday, April 10, 2006

ALBANY -- After nearly seven months of protesting every week outside the Catholic Church of the Holy Cross in Albany, the co-chairman of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly violating a court order that requires him to keep his distance from the church.

Mark Lyman had been ordered to stay at least 100 feet away from the church's entrances, and his lawyer, John Aretakis, contends his client was doing nothing different from what he has done on previous Sundays.

"I had just stepped out of my truck with my coffee," Lyman said. "I did not even have my signs."

But police say Lyman was warned to move before he was arrested. He was released on $400 bail. "This individual was inside of (the restricted) distance," said Detective James Miller, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. "He was asked to move his vehicle and he was asked to move himself.

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