January 20, 2005

Nine jurors seated in Shanley trial

Boston Herald

By Associated Press
Wednesday, January 19, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Nine jurors have been chosen for the child rape trial of defrocked priest Paul Shanley.

Twelve regular jurors and four alternatives will hear the case against Shanley, one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal. Testimony in the trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Middlesex Superior Court.

Shanley, 73, is accused of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

The alleged victim, now 27, says Shanley raped him repeatedly at St. Jean's parish in Newton between 1983 and 1989, beginning when he was six years old.

Shanley, once a long-haired priest in blue jeans who reached out to Boston's troubled youth, was defrocked by the Vatican last year after being charged with sexually abusing four boys at St. Jean's between 1979 and 1989. Charges related to three of the alleged victims have been dropped by prosecutors.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 06:43 AM