February 12, 2005

Abuse deserves severe sentence

Muskogee Phoenix

Convicted child molester Paul Shanley, a former priest who gained notoriety in the sex scandals that became public in Boston three years ago, will be sentenced Tuesday.

Shanley may be 74 years old, but he should receive the most severe sentence possible, life in prison.

Abusing defenseless, young children - Shanley's accuser said he was abused first at age 6 by Shanley - is reprehensible. And though Shanley had but one accuser in court, the Catholic Church apparently shuffled Shanley from one parish to another whenever complaints of abuse surfaced rather than report him to authorities and defrock him.

Muskogee County recently prosecuted a child abuse case, sentencing a Keefeton mom in January to 20 years in prison for failing to report years of sexual abuse to her now 12-year-old son by her husband.

Posted by kshaw at February 12, 2005 08:02 AM