January 27, 2005

Priest's accuser testifies in sexual assault trial

Times Argus

January 27, 2005

By Denise Lavoie Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Paul Shanley's accuser tearfully described Wednesday how the former priest would pull him from Catholic education classes to rape and fondle him in the church pews, confessional and rectory.

The man, now 27, says Shanley repeatedly molested him in the 1980s, beginning when he was 6, at St. Jean's Parish in Newton. The case originally involved allegations by four alleged victims, but it has since been whittled down to the one man, who testified in Shanley's child rape trial in Middlesex Superior Court.

Shanley's lawyer challenged the man's account of the abuse, implying that it was tailored to conform to those of the other alleged victims, who were dropped from the case by prosecutors.

"It's fair to say that at various points in time you came to remember pretty much what they came to remember, correct?" defense attorney Frank Mondano asked the accuser.

"Yeah," the man said. "(But) they were my memories."

Posted by kshaw at January 27, 2005 07:53 AM