February 04, 2005

No Verdict Yet in Mass. Priest Abuse Case


Friday February 4, 2005 10:16 PM

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A jury deliberated for seven hours Friday without reaching a verdict on child rape charges against defrocked priest Paul Shanley.

The jury is to resume deliberations Monday.

Shanley's accuser, now a 27-year-old firefighter in a Boston suburb, testified that the priest began molesting him while he was in the second grade, taking him out of religious education classes for discipline and raping him in the confessional.

The man says his repressed memories of the alleged abuse were recovered when he heard media reports about the clergy sex abuse crisis in Boston in 2002.

Posted by kshaw at February 4, 2005 07:11 PM