January 20, 2005

Jury seated in Shanley case


CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts A jury has been seated for the trial of Paul Shanley, the defrocked Catholic priest accused of molesting an altar boy in Massachusetts.

Eight men and eight women were chosen. They will be separated later into 12 jurors and four alternates.

Shanley, who's 73, was once known as a long-haired priest who reached out to troubled youth.

The former altar boy, who's now 27, says Shanley raped him repeatedly, beginning in 1983, when he was six.

Shanley's lawyer says the accuser made up the story to win a lawsuit.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 04:53 PM