January 15, 2005

Court bans photos, film of Shanley rape accuser

Boston Herald

By Marie Szaniszlo
Saturday, January 15, 2005

A Middlesex Superior Court judge yesterday barred the media from photographing or filming Paul Shanley's alleged victim next week at the defrocked priest's child-rape trial.

Superior Court Judge Stephen E. Neel's order came at the request of prosecutors, who argued that such exposure would put undue pressure on the lone accuser left in the case since they dropped charges involving two other alleged victims.

The accuser's name has already been published, but the Herald is withholding it at his request, in accordance with its policy involving alleged rape victims.

Now in his 20s, he is one of four men Shanley initially was charged with raping in the 1980s while they attended St. Jean's Church in Newton.

Posted by kshaw at January 15, 2005 08:30 AM