You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Tracking William Sheehan through the years

Sheehan, at far right, with Eagle Scouts and an official from Troop 70 in 1974.

Sheehan, at far right, with Eagle Scouts and an official from Troop 70 in 1974.


Nov. 19, 1938 Born in Mansfield

Continue reading below

1957 Graduates Mansfield High

1961 Graduates Drury College, Springfield, Mo.

1962 Graduates Andover Newton Theological School, Newton



1962 – 1981 Teaches grades 5 through 8 in Foxborough

1963 – 1981 Volunteers as Scout Master, Troop 70,

1966 – 1981 Works as waterfront director, Cocasset River Park in Foxborough


1981 Moves to Fort Myers, Fla.

1982 Receives Florida teaching certificate to teach Bible and elementary studies

1982 – 1990 Teaches at San Carlos Park Elementary School, Fort Myers

1980s – 1990 Works as camp director at Camp Miles Boy Scout Camp in Punta Gorda, Fla.


1986 – 1989 Accused of molesting a boy over three summers at Camp Miles

1990 Teaching certificate is revoked in Lee County, Fla.

1998 One alleged victim contacts Foxborough police, but nothing comes of it

2008 Police in Florida report that Sheehan is found wandering from his home. At some point after losing his teaching license, Sheehan worked for his son’s extermination business in Fort Myers, and was also a volunteer firefighter

August 2012 Eight men come forward in Foxborough with sexual abuse allegations; police and prosecutors go to Florida with warrant to arrest Sheehan and find he is ill in a nursing home in Fort Myers

September 2012 Attorney Mitchell Garabedian takes on four of the alleged

victims as clients

November 2012 Number of alleged victims rises to 23; alleged incidents spanned the years 1962 to 1980

SOURCES: Court documents; law enforcement officials in Foxborough and Florida; newspaper articles

Loading comments...
Want each day's news headlines delivered fresh to your
inbox every morning? Just connect with us
in one of the following ways:
Please enter a valid email will never post anything without asking.
Privacy Policy
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of
Marketing image of