Paul Shanley, convicted child rapist and former priest, released from prison

Boston Globe

By Emily Sweeney and John R. Ellement GLOBE STAFF JULY 28, 2017

BRIDGEWATER – Convicted child rapist and former Roman Catholic priest Paul R. Shanley is was released Friday after spending 12 years behind bars for raping a boy in Newton in the 1980s, a crime that emerged during the church’s pedophile priest scandal.

“Paul Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA. on July 28, 2017 upon expiration of sentence,’’ Cara Savelli, a Department of Correction spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail.

Shanley’s release was opposed by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office, which sought to have the 86-year-old civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person. But two experts who examined Shanley concluded he did not meet the stringent legal and psychological criteria.

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