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Head of prison where pedophile priest was killed takes medical leave
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Boston-AP -- The head of prisons in Massachusetts, who has been criticized after pedophile priest John Geoghan (GAY'-gun) was killed by a fellow inmate, has taken a medical leave.

A Department of Corrections spokesman says his office was not releasing any more information on chief Michael Maloney's leave. He began it last week.

Last month, Maloney defended his management of prisons, telling lawmakers the system is safe. Geoghan was beaten and strangled in his cell in August.

The union representing Massachusetts corrections officers has called for Maloney's resignation.

They say he has created a crisis in the prison system by mismanaging funds and failing to provide adequate staff and training.

Republican Governor Mitt Romney appointed an independent commission to investigate the prison system after Geoghan's killing raised questions of inmate abuse, staffing levels and safety issues.

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