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Convicted child molester MacRae wants a new trial

A Catholic priest convicted in 1994 of sexually assaulting boys wants a new trial, claiming new evidence exposes his chief accuser as a manipulative liar intent on making money off the church.

Writing in support of their motion for a new trial for Gordon MacRae, attorney Robert Rosenthal of New York City and Manchester lawyer Cathy J. Green say new evidence reveals the accuser admitted to friends and family &#';his accusations were lies manufactured for diocese cash.&#';

MacRae was convicted at trial of sexually assaulting the teenager, then pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three other boys. He is serving a 33 1/2 to 67 years prison sentence. He maintains his innocence.

MacRae's attorneys also claim his trial was tainted by ineffective assistance of counsel and infected by a &#';moral panic&#'; that swept up the nation in the late 1980s and early 1990s by a series of other &#';equally outlandish&#'; prosecutions of child sexual abuse cases. The case &#';is an example of a justice system blinded by passion,&#'; they wrote in their brief filed with Cheshire County Superior Court.

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