A man who says he was molested decades ago by now-defrocked priest Paul Shanley testified Tuesday that he began to recover memories of his abuse after seeing news coverage of the sex scandal that has engulfed the Boston Archdiocese.
The 35-year-old man said Shanley molested him at St. Jean’s Parish in Newton when he was a child.
He testified during a pretrial hearing to determine whether prosecutors can introduce testimony based on repressed memories during Shanley’s trial, set to begin Jan. 18.
Shanley became a key figure in the scandal as the archdiocese released personnel files showing that he had publicly advocated sex between men and boys. The files revealed that officials were aware of complaints against him as early as 1967, but they continued to transfer him from parish to parish.
Shanley resigned in 1989 and moved to California, where he was arrested in 2002. He was indicted on charges of abusing boys at the Newton parish from 1979 to 1989. He is free on $300,000 bail.
Several of Shanley’s alleged victims, including the man who testified Tuesday, settled their lawsuits against the archdiocese in April. Financial terms were not disclosed.