Colorado man who drove off cliff faces child-sex trial
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – A man who drove his van off a cliff in the Colorado National Monument in an apparent suicide attempt has pleaded not guilty to charges that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl.
Thirty-four-year-old Daniel Lyons of Clifton entered his plea Monday.
He faces seven charges, including sex assault on a child as a pattern of abuse. His trial is scheduled to start Nov. 30 in Mesa County District Court.
Authorities say Lyons drove his van about 120 feet off a road in the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction Jan. 21. He called 911 when the van got hung up on the rock.
It took two hours for emergency crews to stabilize the van and rescue Lyons.
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