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Church Abuse Scandal-Shanley Trial
Jury Finds Shanley Guilty
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Guilty on all counts. That's the verdict returned against Paul Shanley, the defrocked priest who was accused of repeatedly molesting a young boy over a six-year period in the 1980s. Shanley's $300,000 bail was revoked immediately after the verdict. He could get up to life in prison when he is sentenced next week. Shanley showed no reaction when the verdict was read by the foreman of the Middlesex Superior Court jury. But Shanley's accuser -- a 27-year-old man -- broke down and sobbed in the courtroom. The jury apparently chose to accept the man's claim that he repressed the memory of abuse for years, then began to recall those memories three years ago, when the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston erupted. The 74-year-old Shanley was convicted of two counts of child rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
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