Saturday 21 April 2018

Sex abuse priest loses re-trial bid

Denise Lavoie in Boston

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.

Irish Independent

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