Flashbacks' Land Accuser in Hospital

By Eric Convey
Boston Herald [Boston MA]
August 31, 2003

One of the highest-profile accusers in the clergy molestation scandal was undergoing inpatient psychiatric care yesterday after cutting himself by punching a plate-glass window Friday night.

Gregory Ford's act was "self-destructive" and followed two weeks of "very, very vivid flashbacks of the abuse that was perpetrated by Paul Shanley," said Roderick MacLeish Jr., Ford's attorney.

Ford, 25, has sued the Archdiocese of Boston, claiming he was repeatedly raped by Shanley beginning at age 6 at St. Jean's Parish in Newton. Shanley also faces criminal charges for allegedly raping four boys, including Ford, from 1979 to 1989.

MacLeish would not reveal where Ford was hospitalized but said he is physically fine.

On his way home from a neighborhood barbecue late Friday, Ford punched his hand through the glass at his uncle's store, cutting himself badly, MacLeish said.

Herald staff and wire services contributed to this report.


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