Reaction from Mercure's Victims

February 12, 2011

[with video]

ALBANY, N.Y.-- Rape victims of former priest Gary Mercure speak out to the public after the final verdict in the Mercure case is read.

Mercure, who is facing life in prison for sexually assaulting two boys back in the 1980s, was found guilty of charges Thursday.

"It doesn't ever go away. It'll always be a part of any victim's life," said Micheal Flynn, one of Mercure's victims. "You can't just turn it off."

While Flynn did not testify at Mercure's trial, other victims did, which helped put Mercure behind bars.

"Its important to everyone's life, the victim's, the families of the victims, everybody involved," said Flynn.

News 10 reached out to the Roman Catholic Dioces of Albany for a comment on the verdict but Bishop Hubbard decline to do an interview. However, his spokesperson says he is considering starting the process to defrock Mercure.

They added that they did no pay for Mercure's defense

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