Paul Shanley

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Paul Richard Shanley (January 25, 1931 – October 28, 2020) was a American priest and was accused and convicted of raping a child. He served at St. Jean's Parish in Newton, Massachusetts and was a known figure in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal. He was incarcerated as inmate W84979 at Old Colony Correctional Center[1] for raping a child in 1980 and was released from prison on July 28, 2017.

Shanley first gained notoriety during the 1970s as a "street priest", ministering to drug addicts and runaways who struggled with their sexuality. His writings included Changing Norms of Sexuality.[2] During the 1980s, Shanley served as pastor of St. Jean the Evangelist Parish in Newton, Massachusetts.[3]

In February 2005, Shanley was found guilty of indecent assaults and the rape of a male minor and received a sentence of 12 to 15 years in prison. Shanley was released from Old Colony Correctional Center on July 28, 2017, after serving 12 years.[4]

Shanley died on October 28, 2020 from heart failure at the age of 89.[5]

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  1. "VINELink". Retrieved January 17, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Jacobs, Sally (July 10, 2002). "'If they knew the madness in me'. A search for the real Rev. Paul Shanley..." The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 9, 2006. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Boston Globe 4/6/2004
  4. Wamsley, Laura (July 28, 2017). "Former Priest And Convicted Child Abuser Paul Shanley Released From Prison". NPR. Retrieved July 28, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Paul Shanley, priest at center of sex scandal, dead at 89

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