Sex abuse priest loses re-trial bid
Published 16/01/2010 | 05:00
A key figure in the Boston Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal who claimed his rape conviction was based on "junk science" lost his bid for a new trial yesterday.
Ex-priest Paul Shanley said the judge at his 2005 trial should not have allowed prosecutors to present evidence about the theory of repressed-recovered memories to explain why the victim waited 20 years to report the abuse.
But the Supreme Judicial Court agreed with a Superior Court judge who ruled earlier that repressed memory theory was controversial, but generally accepted in the relevant scientific community.
Shanley (78) is serving a 12- to 15-year sentence for child rape and indecent assault and battery.