WARWICK – A Coventry daycare owner accused of child molestation back in October was seen back in court yesterday.
David L. Lyons, 68, of 59 Hopkins Hill Rd., was previously arrested for three counts of child molestation and according to spokesperson Amy Kempe, is now facing a fourth charge.
Kempe stated that the Attorney General’s office received another complaint after Lyon’s initial arraignment and thus amended the charges. He is now facing four charges of second degree child molestation.
Lyons pleaded not guilty to the charges yesterday in Kent County Superior Court. Craig Berke, the assistant administrator of public relations, reported that he had previously been released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail but after court yesterday, bail was changed to $10,000 with surety.
A pre-trial conference has been set for March 28 with Judge Walter Stone. According to Berke, Lyons has been given a no contact order with the two female juveniles as well as a no contact order with any child other than his grandchildren. Visits with his grandchildren must be supervised.
Back on July 15, 2011, the Coventry Police Department received a complaint from a parent of a 6-year-old, who alleged that Lyons molested her daughter. Lyons had been operating a state-licensed daycare with his wife, Lynda Lyons, at 59 Hopkins Hill Rd.
Coventry police conducted investigations which led them to determine that Lyons also allegedly molested a 9-year-old and 11-year-old. Lieutenant John Shields was able to confirm at the time that at least two of the three victims attended the daycare.
Lyons was then arrested on Oct. 25, 2011.
According to Kevin Savage, the administrator for licensing and regulations at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), they investigated the accusations and sent a revocation notice to the Lyons on Oct. 26, 2011. The notice became effective on Nov. 7, 2011 and the daycare’s licensing was revoked.
The DCYF completed their investigations on Dec. 28, 2011, according to Savage.
Some information was obtained from a previous Times article.