Priest Gets Life in Prison for Sexual Attacks on Boy

Atlanta Journal and Constitution
April 26, 1994

A retired Roman Catholic priest convicted of raping and sodomizing an altar boy was sentenced in Brockton, Mass., to four life prison sentences. That wasn't enough for the victim. "I still wish him dead. There is no forgiveness for what he did," William Wood, now 27, said after the sentencing.

John R. Hanlon, 65, was ordered to serve three concurrent life sentences by Superior Court Judge Courtland Mathers, making him eligible for parole in 15 years, when he would be 80. Mathers suspended a fourth life sentence. Hanlon was convicted last month of sexually assaulting Wood at a summer cottage in Scituate in 1980 and 1981. At the time, Wood was an altar boy at St. Mary's Church in Plymouth, where Hanlon was pastor. Wood said he is still a Catholic and is not bitter at all priests.


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