Sex Abuse Trial Opens for Former Priest Shanley Opening arguments are heard in the trial of Paul Shanley, a defrocked priest at the center of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston. Shanley is accused of rape and assault of an altar boy during the 1980s. He was one of the first to be accused in the scandal that erupted three years ago, and his case forced the church to open up hundreds of files revealing abuse and cover-up. Tovia Smith reports.
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Sex Abuse Trial Opens for Former Priest Shanley

Opening arguments are heard in the trial of Paul Shanley, a defrocked priest at the center of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston. Shanley is accused of rape and assault of an altar boy during the 1980s. He was one of the first to be accused in the scandal that erupted three years ago, and his case forced the church to open up hundreds of files revealing abuse and cover-up. Tovia Smith reports.