Lawyer: Ex-priest sex offender shouldn't have been released from prison

Paul Shanley, 86, was released from prison Friday morning after serving a 12-year sentence for repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at St. Jean's parish in Newton in the 1980s. While he was only convicted of abusing one boy, almost two dozen other men came forward to say they too were victimized by Shanley as allegations of widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic church emerged in the early 2000s.

Shanley was released for good behavior - he'd been sentenced to 15 years. Family members of Shanley's alleged victims are upset at Shanley's impending release. "For now, I just hope the officials who housed him, employed him, and protected him have an obligation to make sure this never happens again".

The Sex Offender Registry Board has classified him as the most unsafe, a Level 3 offender, meaning they believe he has a high risk to re-offend.

On Thursday, we got a glimpse of what the former priest looks like after spending 12 years in prison.

Once Shanley is released, he will be monitored for 10 years by the Massachusetts Probation Department but will not be required to wear an ankle bracelet.

For The Boston Globe's reporting, the paper was granted the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for public service, and the story was depicted in the 2015 Oscar-winning movie "Spotlight".

Vanessa Coleman

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