For recording his sexual abuse of three minors, an ex-youth football coach is sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Derek Sheehan, a former youth football coach in Norwell, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 45 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing minors and filming it on tape, according to federal authorities.
Sheehan, 51, pled guilty on July 20 to three charges of sexual exploitation of children, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Nathaniel R. Mendell.
Sheehan’s victims, according to the Associated Press, were between the ages of 11 and 12. Project Safe Childhood, a US Justice Department project created in 2006 to address child exploitation and abuse, was involved in this case.
When one of Sheehan’s victims came forward in June 2018, it brought his deeds to light. On August 17, 2018, his residence in Norwell, Massachusetts, was searched. Electronic gadgets containing child pornography were discovered by police. They discovered video evidence of Sheehan sexually abusing three youngsters between 2017 and 2018 after further examination of the devices.
Mendell claimed that Sheehan used his position as a youth coach to prey on vulnerable youngsters in a statement released by the Justice Department.
“For months, he manipulated and sexually exploited them, and he will spend the rest of his life in prison,” Mendell added. “This is one of the few offenses that ought to be punished with a life sentence. As this example demonstrates, we do everything we can to protect and assure the safety of our children.” See the list below for more Associated Press reporting.
In a statement, Joseph Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, stated, “Adults who use their access to minors for their own sexual enjoyment, like former football coach Derek Sheehan did, are both a risk and a disgrace.” “Derek Sheehan’s actions were heinous, and the impact on his victims was enormous.” The investigation began in June 2018 when a kid went to the local police station to report Sheehan’s sexual abuse.
According to authorities, a court-ordered search of his residence in August 2018 resulted in the discovery of electronic devices containing child pornography. Sheehan sexually abused three victims, all of whom were 11 or 12 years old at the time, while they slept at his home on various days, according to video evidence.
The video appears to have been recorded, according to an FBI affidavit in the case. This is a condensed version of the information.