Lyons faces up to 14 years in prison if he's convicted on the current charges.
In 2003, Lyons was charged with molesting three boys between 1978 and 1981. In that case, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a California law prosecuting old sexual abuse cases.
Lyons was removed from the ministry in 2002. He also served as a priest at St. Mary's By the Sea Catholic Church in Huntington Beach.