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Priest Charged With Raping Boy

Thursday, 02 May 2002 12:00 AM

Paul R. Shanley, 71, was arrested in San Diego based on a warrant issued Wednesday night by police in Newton, Mass. Authorities said Shanley was charged with three counts of child rape.

"This is a very good day for us," said Rodney Ford, father of the alleged victim, after Shanley's arrest. "I thank God. He's a monster."

Ford's son, Paul, 24, went public last month with allegations he was molested repeatedly as a child while Shanley was serving at a parish in Newton.

The Fords are suing Cardinal Bernard Law and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for negligence for allowing Shanley to be transferred from Boston to Newton, despite knowing that he was a molester.

It was the disclosures last month of internal church documents on Shanley that intensified calls for Law to resign for covering up for Shanley and other predatory priests.

The documents showed that Law and other church officials knew that Shanley advocated sex between men and boys and had been accused of abusing children, yet allowed him to be transferred to other parishes, where he continued to have access to children.

Attorney Roderick MacLeish Jr., who represents the Fords, obtained the documents under court order as part of their civil suits against the priest, Law and the archdiocese. MacLeish is attempting to get the archdiocese to turn over more documents relating to Shanley, including his medical records.

The church knew as far back as 1963 that Shanley was a molester, according to church documents.

Shanley had been in hiding since the lawsuits and documents were made public. A Boston television news crew recently located him in San Diego, where police arrested him just before 8 a.m. San Diego time.

The office of Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley said according to authorities, Shanley allegedly raped Paul Ford as a boy between 1983 and 1990, when he was between the ages of 6 and 13.

Meanwhile, another lawyer seeking to depose Law on May 29 in a sexual abuse case has asked a judge in Boston to impound his passport to prevent him from traveling to the Vatican.

Daniel J. Shea, representing alleged victim David Carney, said Law was a potential flight risk, and could be ordered to Rome by the pope to avoid the deposition.

Law is scheduled to be deposed June 5 in a child sexual abuse suit involving Shanley. Archdiocese officials have said Law intends to appear at the June 5 deposition.

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