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Man says his dog a victim of a St. Johns County sexual predator

10:37 PM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- For the second time in less than a week,
a sexual predator has been arrested on a number of charges,
including sexual activities involving animals.

Now, the owner of one of the dogs involved is speaking out.

For the neighbors who live in the small mobile home community, the news is hard to take because they are just a few feet away from
where this horrendous crime allegedly took place not once but twice.

Craig thought he was living in safe place when the sexual predator app he was using had no results for his St. Johns County mobile home.

"Many times he called 'hey bring your daughter over let her play with the dog and bring Bailey over,'" Craig said.

But 52-year-old James Lyons, the man who Craig said was friendly to his daughter and his 7-month old dog Bailey, is now facing charges of cruelty to animals and sexual activities involving animals after Craig's female dog was found with a number of injuries.
 
"I've never seen anything never even on the Internet, I've never seen anything like it," Craig said.
 
Now for the second time in a week, Lyons has been arrested for additional charges including failure to register as a sexual predator
after two dogs were allegedly found inside the suspect's home, including a terrier mix that had sustained injuries.

Despite the fact that one of the restrictions of Lyons' pretrial release from was that he have no pets in his residence.
 
"I was just shocked when Craig told me. I couldn't believe it," said neighbor Kurt Stoltmann.
 
And neither could Craig. He has since decided to move from his home of one year and take his daughter with him for fear of his dog and daughter's safety.
 
"It's repugnant, it's not natural," Stoltmann said.

Lyons was booked in the St. Johns County Jail, but has since bonded out.

The State Attorney's Office said his next court appearance is August 13th.

First Coast News reached out to Lyons and went to his home, but no one answered.

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