January 05, 2005

Alleged Shanley victim not found

Boston Herald

By Marie Szaniszlo
Wednesday, January 5, 2005

More charges may be dropped against a defrocked priest accused in one of the clergy sex abuse scandal's most lurid cases, potentially leaving only one of four alleged victims to testify at his upcoming trial.

Frank Mondano, the attorney for Paul Shanley, yesterday said he expects the charges to be dropped because prosecutors may not be able to find one of the four men who claim Shanley repeatedly raped them between 1979 and 1989, when they were altar boys at St. John the Evangelist in Newton.

Emily LaGrassa, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley, yesterday said the office had not dropped more charges against Shanley and, ``at this point, there are two victims involved in the case.''

In October, however, Mondano asked Judge Stephen Neel to dismiss the charges related to one of them, an unidentified homeless man in his 20s, after he failed to appear in court at least twice. Three months earlier, prosecutors had dropped charges brought by two other alleged victims.

Posted by kshaw at January 5, 2005 07:14 AM