February 09, 2005

For one accuser, penalty can't heal wound

Boston Herald

By Kevin Rothstein
Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Arthur Austin says he was abused by child molester Paul Shanley more than 30 years ago, but he doesn't think a jail sentence will heal the ex-priest's victims.

``There's a lot of Shanley victims out there, and some of them still can't leave their house,'' the Braintree man said. ``People are going to live with this forever.''

Austin, now 56, was a confused 20-year-old when Shanley allegedly began abusing him in a cabin in the Blue Hills. Now there is no apology or jail sentence that is strong enough to appease him.

``He should be put away for whatever remains of his really miserable life,'' Austin said.

Austin hasn't attended any of the court hearings, but if he were to address the court at sentencing he would remind the judge that the bishops and Bernard Cardinal Law who helped Shanley stay in the ministry are ``co-conspirators.''

Posted by kshaw at February 9, 2005 07:54 AM