Clifton man guilty of sexual assault on young girl

A Clifton man who attempted suicide in the face of child-sex-assault allegations was found guilty by a jury Wednesday.

Daniel John Lyons, 35, was convicted on two counts of sexual assault on a child, two counts of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, and two counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

The verdict was read around 4 p.m. in District Judge Brian Flynn’s courtroom; jurors deliberated just over an hour.

Lyons was ordered held without bond and faces 20 years to life in prison during a sentencing hearing next month.

Lyons had been accused of repeatedly assaulting a now 5-year-old girl over three years, starting in January 2006. The videotape of the girl’s Jan. 20 interview with police was played for jurors Tuesday. In that interview, she told an investigator that Lyons had molested her five times.

Shortly after he was interviewed by investigators Jan. 21, Lyons drove his van off Rim Rock Drive in Colorado National Monument. The van became stuck on a rock about 170 feet above the floor of Red Canyon, and Lyons had to be rescued.


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