Ex-priest shouldn’t have been re­leased, lawyer says

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

A no­to­ri­ous fig­ure in the Bos­ton Ro­man Catholic priest sex abuse scan­dal was re­leased from prison Fri­day morn­ing af­ter com­plet­ing a 12-year sen­tence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s.

Mas­sachusetts prison of­fi­cials say Paul Shan­ley, 86, was re­leased from the Old Colony Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in Bridge­wa­ter on Fri­day. They did not pro­vide an ex­act time.

The state’s sex of­fender reg­istry lists Shan­ley as a Level 3 of­fender, mean­ing he is most likely to re-of­fend. The reg­istry says Shan­ley will be liv­ing in an apart­ment in Ware, a town of about 10,000 res­i­dents about 65 miles (105 kilo­me­tres) west of Bos­ton. State law pro­hibits peo­ple from us­ing in­for­ma­tion in the reg­istry to ha­rass peo­ple.

Abuse vic­tims say they’re con­cerned Shan­ley, who isn’t re­quired to wear an elec­tronic mon­i­tor­ing de­vice, will not have enough su­per­vi­sion.

“Paul Shan­ley should be in a hospi­tal be­ing treated and not in the out­side world where he can eas­ily gain ac­cess to in­no­cent chil­dren,” Mitchell Garabe­dian, a lawyer who rep­re­sented dozens of men who said they were abused by Shan­ley.

Shan­ley’s lawyer says he’s served his time and is not dan­ger­ous.

Shan­ley was a “street priest” who min­is­tered to alien­ated youth in the 1960s and ‘70s. Decades later, dozens of men came for­ward and said Shan­ley had mo­lested or raped them.

He was de­frocked by the Vat­i­can and was con­victed of rap­ing a boy at a New­ton par­ish.

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