February 17, 2005

A weak sentence for a weak man

The Union Leader

THE VERY un-reverend Paul Shanley was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for repeatedly raping and fondling a boy, who was only 6 when Shanley first violated him. The sentence should have been life — and even that is too good for a “man” like Shanley.

“It is difficult to imagine a more egregious misuse of authority,” Judge Stephen Neel said. That is true, and it is why life should have been the sentence. Rape is always a horrible crime, but child rape is unspeakably wicked. And Shanley, the beast, showed no signs of remorse. The idea that he might be paroled is maddening.

Posted by kshaw at February 17, 2005 07:22 AM