February 15, 2005

Defrocked Priest Gets 12 to 15 Years

Yahoo! News

By DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press Writer

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, a central figure in the Boston Archdiocese clergy sex abuse scandal, was sentenced Tuesday to to 12 to 15 years in prison for repeatedly molesting a boy at a suburban parish in the 1980s.

"He used his collar and he used his worshipped status in that community," said prosecutor Lynn Rooney, who had asked for a life sentence. "There has been no remorse shown on the part of this defendant. There has been no acceptance of responsibility."

Shanley's lawyer, Frank Mondano, did not make a specific sentencing recommendation, saying the prosecution's case was built on "vilification, half truths and lies."

He will eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of his sentence. He was also sentenced to 10 years' probation.

Posted by kshaw at February 15, 2005 10:24 AM