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Ex-Priest Pleads Innocent to Rape

May 7, 2002

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ A retired Roman Catholic priest charged with repeatedly raping a young boy, sometimes in the church confessional, pleaded innocent Tuesday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bail.

The Rev. Paul Shanley, 71, was arraigned on three counts of child rape in Newton District Court, which was sitting in Cambridge on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Lynn Rooney said Shanley had recently been out of the country and was a flight risk. His attorney, Frank Mondano, said Shanley had neither the means nor the intention to leave the country, pointing out he had been living in California and had family and other ties to Massachusetts.

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