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Paul Shanley, notorious priest in Catholic sex abuse scandal, to be released this week / The Boston Globe

“Paul R. Shanley, a former ‘street priest’ who became one of the most notorious figures in the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal, is set to be released from prison as early as this week (Friday, Jul. 29) after serving 12 years behind bars for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s.

"Middlesex prosecutors said they had hoped to keep the 86-year-old defrocked priest behind bars even after his sentence was completed by having him declared a 'sexually dangerous person.' But two doctors who examined Shanley found that he did not meet the required criteria, prosecutors said ...

"Shanley was accused of abusing roughly two dozen victims over several decades, many of them troubled adolescents who came to him for counseling when he ran a 'ministry for alienated youth' in Boston in the 1960s and ’70s."

By Michael Levenson, The Boston Globe -- Read more ...