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Pedophile Priest Paul Shanley To Be Released From Prison Today

Jul 25, 2017 05:38PM ● By Bill Gilman
Atty. Paul King

 Defrocked Catholic priest Paul Shanley, whose 2002 arrest and 2005 trial helped expose the true extent of the crisis of sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church, is set to be released from prison.
Shanley, 86, once known as "The Hippie Priest" was convicted of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child and sentenced to 12-15 years.
Shanley's arrest and the growing sex abuse crisis, led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law.
In a press release, Middlesex County DA Marian Ryan said her office had tried to get Shanley held for a longer period under "civil confinement" as a danger to society. However, two doctors hired by the DA's office to examine Shanley determined he didn't meet that criteria.
Here is Ryan's full statement:

Statement from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan Regarding Paul Shanley

On February 7, 2005, Paul Shanley was convicted of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child. At sentencing, our office requested that he be imprisoned for life.  Shanley was sentenced to a twelve to fifteen year prison sentence. He is now scheduled to be released from that sentence and begin ten years of supervised probation.

The Commonwealth is not legally permitted to seek that Shanley be confined further without expert testimony that he meets the legal criteria for civil confinement as a sexually dangerous person. To that end we hired two qualified examiners.  We are awaiting their final reports; however both doctors have informed us that they have concluded that Shanley does not satisfy the legal criteria for a petition to be filed.

The defendant will be monitored by the probation department for the next ten years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under sixteen years of age. Our office continues to provide support and assistance to the victims in this matter. 

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