One of the most notorious figures in the Boston clergy sex abuse scandal was released from prison Friday morning after serving 12 years for rape.
Paul Shanley, 86, was freed from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater, Massachusetts shortly after 7 a.m.
The disgraced priest was defrocked by the Vatican in 2004 and convicted a year later of raping a male Sunday school student in the early 1980s.
Shanley was accused of abusing about two dozen victims in the 1960s and ‘70s while working as a “street priest” for troubled youth.
His victims now fear Shanley won’t have enough supervision – because he’s not required to wear an electronic monitoring device on release.
The former priest will, however, have to register as a sex offender and begin 10 years of supervised probation.
He will be barred from having contact with children under the age of 16.
Shanley’s lawyer said he’s done his time and isn’t dangerous.
State officials said Shanley will live in an apartment on Pulaski Street in Ware, according to WCVB.
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