A former Costa Mesa priest waived his right to a preliminary hearing on child molestation charges Thursday and may go to trial.
Denis Lyons, 76, the former priest of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Costa Mesa, is charged with four felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a minor. He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.
Lyons waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday, where prosecutors present a part of their evidence to a judge who determines if there's enough for a trial. With the charges standing, Lyons is scheduled to be arraigned June 21.