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Former Norwell youth football coach receives 45 charges in sexual abuse case


BOSTON (AP) – A former Massachusetts youth football coach who authorities say was filmed sexually abusing 11 and 12-year-old children has been sentenced to 45 years in prison, prosecutors said federal.

Derek Sheehan, 51, of Norwell, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in July to three counts of child sexual exploitation, according to a statement from the Office of the Acting U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Nathaniel R. Mendell.

“Adults who use their access to children for their own sexual satisfaction, as former football coach Derek Sheehan did, are both a danger and a shame,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of Boston FBI office in a statement. “What Derek Sheehan has done is absolutely horrible, and the impact on his victims is immeasurable.”

The investigation began in June 2018 when a minor went to local police to report sexual abuse by Sheehan.

A court-authorized search of his home in August 2018 resulted in the seizure of electronic devices containing child pornography, prosecutors said. Video evidence showed Sheehan sexually assaulted three victims who were 11 or 12 at the time as they slept at his house on various dates.

According to an FBI affidavit in the case, the video appears to have been recorded by a camera placed on a metal shelf near where the abuse occurred. At least one victim was a friend of Sheehan’s son and was part of Sheehan’s football team, according to the affidavit.

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