February 07, 2005

US priest convicted of raping boy

BBC News

A court in the United States has convicted defrocked Roman Catholic priest Paul Shanley of raping a boy at a Massachusetts church in the 1980s.

The victim, now 27, lowered his head as the verdicts were read out in the Cambridge court on four charges including rape and fondling.

Shanley, at the centre of a scandal which shook the Boston archdiocese, reportedly showed no emotion.

The 74-year-old could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

He was taken into custody after the verdicts. He had been pleading not guilty.

Posted by kshaw at February 7, 2005 10:31 PM