BROCKTON, Mass., April 25 -- A Roman Catholic priest was sentenced in Massachusetts to life in prison Monday for raping an altar boy a dozen years ago.
The Rev. John Hanlon, 65, of Hingham, Mass., was convicted last month on the rape charges after two other altar boys testified they had also been raped and fondled.
Plymouth County Superior Court Judge Cortland Mathers sentenced Hanlon to three concurrent life sentences, and one suspended life sentence. Hanlon will be eligible for parole in about 15 years.
Hanlon showed no emotion during sentencing.
A jury convicted Hanlon on charges he raped William Wood, now 27, at a summer cottage in Scituate during 1980 and 1981 when Wood was an altar boy for Hanlon at St. Mary's Church in Plymouth.
Prosecutors prior to sentencing outlined Hanlon's lifelong pattern of pedophilia.
An earlier trial ended in a hung jury, but jurors at the second trial in Brockton heard testimony from two former altar boys who came forward after the first trial.
District Attorney William O'Malley said the two were among at least nine others who came forward to say they were victimized by Hanlon.
Hanlon also faces child rape charges in Vermont for an alleged assault on Wood's brother.
Hanlon's attorney, Marshall Johnson, requested the sentence be stayed pending appeal of the conviction, but Mathers rejected the request.
Hanlon had been a priest at St. Paul's Church in Hingham from 1985 until last October.