Ex-Priest Convicted of Child Rape Released From Prison

By Jeff Saperstone And Caitlin Fichtel
NBC Boston
July 28, 2017

[with video]

A former Massachusetts priest convicted of child rape has been released from prison after serving 12 years of his sentence as victims and sexual assault awareness advocates are set to protest his release.

Paul Shanley, 86, a former priest who counseled gay and troubled youths, was convicted of raping a boy at a Newton church in the 1980s and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Following Shanley's released the Department of Corrections said, "Paul Shanley was released from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, MA. on July 28, 2017 upon expiration of sentence."

According to the Sex Offender Registry Board, Shanley will be living in Ware, Massachusetts.

Protesters had planned to gather outside the Massachusetts Old Colony Correctional Facility in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, around 9 a.m. until the release of Shanley; however, officials with the state's Department of Corrections confirmed Shanley had been released before 7:30 a.m.

No other details about Shanley's release were immediately available.

The protest will be led by members of Road to Recovery Inc., a charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, victims and survivors of Shanley's abuse, as well as advocates, supporters, and concerned citizens.

Once Shanley is released, he will be monitored for 10 years by the Massachusetts Probation Department but will not be required to wear an ankle bracelet.


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