UPDATE: Convicted pedophile ex-priest lives near children’s dance studio

By: News Staff, Association Press

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BOSTON, M.A. (WLNE, AP) — The notorious pedophile priest Paul Shanley was released from prison and placed on probation after 12 years, and now lives directly across from a children’s dance studio.

The 86-year-old convicted of raping a boy in the 1980’s will be living across the street from a children’s dance studio in a multi-unit building in Ware, Mass., according to the Associated Press.

Shanley was convicted of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child in February 2005. He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison. After serving 12 years, he is now scheduled to be released from prison and begin 10 years of supervised probation, according to a statement by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

The statement also said that two medical examiners hired by the state concluded that Shanley could not be considered for further confinement without being legally qualified as a "sexually dangerous person."

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian who represents dozens of the former Newton priest’s accusers spoke to ABC 6 News shortly after the news broke.

"Father Paul Shanley was a serial pedophile who sexually abused dozens among dozens of innocent children over the course of decades upon decades. Father Paul Shanley once he gets out of prison my clients feel will sexually abuse and re-offend," said Garabedian.

Barbara Dorris of SNAP issued a statement saying in part; "While we understand and respect the American judicial system, we fear for the safety of children now that Shanley has been released. Research and experience teach us that age does not cure pedophilia. Often age gives predators an advantage. People may see an old man and assume he is harmless. That is not the case."

Shanley has been ordered to have no contact with children under 16 years of age, along with the 10 years of probation. According to the AP, his lawyer says he is not dangerous.

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