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Paul Shanley's victims speak out ahead of his release

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By Bianca Buono

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Several people who say they were abused by defrocked priest Paul Shanley are speaking out. This comes after finding out Shanley will be released from prison on Friday.

"This is a very emotional time for me,” said Rodney Ford as he fought back tears. His son was sexually abused by Paul Shanley. “Paul Shanley is evil. He destroyed my son's life,” Ford continued.

Ford spoke out alongside two others who say they were also victims of Shanley.

"He raped me under the pretense of helping me,” said John Harris.

"Shanley is a sodomizer,” said Denis O’Connor.

In 2005, the defrocked priest was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of assault and battery on a child; but attorneys who represent more of Shanley’s accusers say there are dozens of victims, both males and females of all ages.

"Paul Shanley was one of the most dangerous pedophiles me or Mitch or any of the attorneys have ever seen,” said Attorney Carmen Durso.

Shanley, who is now 86, has served 12 years but he could have been ordered to stay behind bars if he was declared a sexually dangerous person. Two doctors reviewed his file and found he was not.

"If Paul Shanley doesn't qualify as a sexually dangerous person nobody will,” said Paula Ford, Greg Ford’s mother.

Once Shanley’s out, he’ll be on probation for ten years and is not allowed to make contact with children under the age of 16.

"It's not a maybe he's going to be doing it. He's molested hundreds of children,” said Attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

A group will be protesting outside the prison Friday when Shanley is released. So far nobody knows where he plans to live but because he will be categorized as a level three sex offender, he must notify the local police department wherever he ends up.

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