Former Real Estate Mogul Headed To Jail

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) –  Real estate mogul Michael Lyon is going to jail instead of serving his sentence in home detention after he plead guilty last month to four charges of secretly taping sexual encounters with women without their consent.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones made the announcement today saying Lyon must now report to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center next month to start his sentence.

District Attorney Jan Scully announced that Lyon pleaded guilty to the charges in exchange for a suspended state prison sentence of two years plus probation under a number of conditions.  He was also sentenced to one year in county jail or home detention to be decided the Sheriff. 

The 55-year-old former CEO of Lyon Real Estate was arrested in November 2010 on four counts surreptitiously taping confidential communications. The original complaint detailed charges relating to three incidents in 2008 and 2009, but March’s plea deal added a fourth charge for an incident that took place on September 13, 2010.

CBS13 first detailed the allegations against Lyon in late August 2010.

Sacramento County authorities began investigating Lyon in late August.   In September, Lyon resigned as CEO of his real estate company.

Surveillance video obtained by CBS13 shows a man, who is said to be Lyon, lying on a bed smiling while a naked woman, who sources say is a prostitute, is standing in front of him.

  • Steve

    Give me a break…the guy has been ruined and for political reasons is being destroyed!! Enough already….

  • Chris Price

    Political reasons? Lyon had professionally installed video surveillance equipment throughout his TWO homes for nearly two decades. He violated human privacy and dignity. God only knows what depraved acts he committed while watching these recordings. I say to imprison him for a FULL YEAR.

    • Gary

      His wife must be so proud. If I’m not mistaken, a big Republican contributor. Hypocritical POS. Karma. .

    • TM

      I’m not an advocate for his behavior, but lets think about this… in jail for videotaping what happens INSIDE HIS OWN home. Don’t your expectations of privacy with respect to the home owner go away once you enter their home? I didn’t read anything about him showing these “surreptitiously tap[ed] confidential communications” to anyone else. Using the logic applied by the court, if he is not being charged for prostitution (which appears to be the case), you could be jailed for using a nanny cam.

  • Cementmixer

    Maybe he will find love in jail.

  • Chris

    Poor guy. they should be relaxed on him. Its not as if he was molesting little kids.

  • disgusted

    I’ve been in the market for a new home, but I refuse to look at a home sold by Lyon’s realty. Sellers take note! The reason is not for his conviction, but because a person of that stature had poor judgment. There’s many Realtor’s in this area that have higher morals and values.

  • shoppy

    Mr. Lyon is a bad person. He deserves everything thats coming to him. His real estate company is probably instrumental in the Sacramento area housing bust. Allowing people who couldn’t afford to purchase houses and putting them on a variable rate loan convincing them that this was the thing to do. Now its all memories for you who had ruined many people’s lives. Yes, those were the good ole days for you.

  • glenn

    Now if we can just figure out a way to put mass murderers like Lauren Herzog in jail and keep Charlie Manson from getting cell phones we’ll have something.


  • SR

    He videotaped HIS TEENAGE CHILDREN doing things TEENAGE CHILDREN do with other TEENAGE CHILDREN. He had some crazy goggles. He’d spent tens of thousands dollars on unbelievable high-tech equipment. He’s one sick and twisted individual and I can only hope he makes a nice girlfriend for Bubba.

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