Former youth football coach arrested, held without bail after police find videos of him sexually assaulting several young boys

Police said Sheehan’s iPhone contained multiple pornographic images of children, including some in which they appeared to be sleeping.


                            Former youth football coach arrested, held without bail after police find videos of him sexually assaulting several young boys

A former football coach from Norwell, who is also a father, has been arrested and is currently being held without bail on multiple charges of alleged sexual assaults on children that the authorities have said have been captured on video. 48-year-old Derek Sheehan had been arraigned last week on the various charges that were placed against him, which had all been based on the videos and pictures found in several electronic devices that the officers seized from his home in August. At a dangerousness hearing that took place on September 17, Sheehan was ordered to be held without bail. He had already been arrested at that point on related charges but had been out on bail with the condition of wearing a GPS-monitoring device. 

Sheehan was supposed to appear at the Hingham District Court on September 17 for a hearing to see if he would be a danger to the society and community if he was released but he decided to waive his right to the hearing through Richard Sweeney, his lawyer. The former football coach had been allowed to stay back in the courthouse jail after his lawyer argued that his presence in the courtroom would cause identification issues in the case. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 15, reported The Patriot Ledger.

He has been charged with multiple counts of child abuse (Source: Norwell Police Department)
He has been charged with multiple counts of child abuse (Source: Norwell Police Department)

The man has two open child sex abuse cases open against him at the Hingham District Court and both of these will be heard the next time he is in court. All of them combined, Sheehan was charged with four counts of possession of child pornography and three counts each of aggravated rape of a child with force, indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, photographing intimate parts of a child and exhibiting a child in a sexual act.

According to a police report that is on file at the Hingham District Court, the Norwell PD started looking into the father back in June after a child, who is younger than 14, reported him to the authorities and said that he had indecently assaulted them in another town nearby in August last year. Officers searched Sheehan's home on Spring Brook Drive on August 17 where they found and seized several electronic devices including his cellphone. He had been arrested that same day and pleaded not guilty in the Barnstable District Court to indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 and intimidating a witness.

The police have said that his iPhone had many pornographic images of children that also included some in which the children looked like they had been sleeping. The investigators also looked through an external hard drive where they found dozens of hours of video that showed Sheehan sexually assaulting several young boys.



 

According to the police, only three days after he was arrested, a man went into the Norwell PD and reported that his 13-year-old son had been sexually assaulted by Sheehan. A warrant was then issued for Sheehan on September 12 and had been arraigned in the Hingham District Court the following day. A police report later said that Sheehan had been an employee at Oracle Communications Solutions and had been the former coach of the youth football teams in Norwell.