Former Boston pedophile priest to be released today

By: News Staff


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BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (WLNE) — A Massachusetts pedophile priest at the center of the clergy sex scandal will be released from prison Friday after spending 12 years behind bars.

Protestors do plan on staging a demonstration outside the prison where Paul Shanley has been held.

Shanley is expected to be released from the Old Colony Correctional Center Friday morning.

A new picture was posted to his sex offender registry page on Thursday. Shanley is still listed as a high risk offender.

He was convicted in 2005 of two counts of rape of a child and two counts of assault and battery on a child.

Attorneys for Shanley’s accusers say they are worried he is still sexually dangerous.

Even Governor Charlie Baker called for more information into why Shanley could not remain behind bars.

“Paul Shanley is evil. He destroyed my son’s life. Ruined my family’s life,” Rodney Ford; father of victim.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office says state doctors concluded Shanley does not satisfy the legal criteria as someone who is sexually dangerous.

Once he is released, he will be on probation for 10 years.

Shanley is not allowed to make contact with children under the age of 16.

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