O’Ryan Johnson Friday, July 28, 2017
WARE – This small western Massachusetts town today reeled as one of the state’s most notorious child molesters abruptly moved in after his release from prison this morning.
“I don’t want him on this street at all,” said Leslie Mansour, 45, a mother of five, said she followed his trial 12 years ago and never dreamed she’d end up next door to convicted child rapist and former Catholic priest Paul Shanley. “He doesn’t belong here. My kids walk up and down this street, but not anymore. They’re going to be stuck in the yard. I don’t want them anywhere near him. He belongs in jail. I don’t care how many years he did. They should have never let him out. He should have died in there.”
Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater early this morning after completing a 12-year sentence for the rape of a boy in the 1980s. The state’s sex offender registry lists the 86-year-old as a Level 3 offender, meaning he is most likely to re-offend. He will remain on probation for 10 years.
Shanley now lives in an apartment in a well-maintained, bright yellow house on a street street lined with modest single-family homes, and a few multifamily residences.
He refused to answer questions from reporters as he walked up the driveway, holding a cane, this afternoon.
Ware Police Chief Shawn Crevier said police will add patrols to the area and vowed to address any problems quickly.
“Pulaski Street is a good neighborhood,” he said. “Neighbors look out for each other there. I’m not anticipating any problems from Mr. Shanley.”
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