Region Roundup: Former Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse, Hazing Scandal, Burglars Tie Up Homeowner and More

A look at the top headlines around the area for the week of Sept. 23, 2012.

Former Foxborough Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault on Multiple Children

William E. Sheehan, a former Foxborough resident and elementary and middle school teacher has been accused of sexually abusing multiple children under the age of 15 while in town from 1978 to 1981, according to Foxborough Police and court documents.

Following an investigation, Foxborough Police obtained a warrant for Sheehan’s arrest.

Sheehan, 73, currently lives in an assisted living facility in Fort Myers, Fla. and if arrested would face 11 felonies – 9 counts of indecent assault and battery on child under 14 and two counts of indecent assault and battery on child 14 or over, according to court documents.

Foxborough Police recently travelled to Fort Myers to serve Sheehan the warrant but left Florida without making an arrest due to Sheehan’s medical condition.

Foxborough Police Chief Edward O’Leary said the investigation is “ongoing.”

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UPDATE: Dedham High School Hazing Involved Sexual Assault

The Dedham Police announced on Thursday that four students are being charged for the hazing incident that happened last week.

WHDH is reporting that it involved an older student sexually assaulting a younger player in the locker room at Dedham High School.

The incident involves four Dedham High School football players for allegedly participating in a hazing incident last Friday.

According to reports, Dedham High School football coach, David Flynn was one of the first to discover the hazing and is “disgusted” by what happened.

Federal and state laws do not allow school employees to comment on a student that is under investigation. 

However, Superintendent June Doe did release a statement about the issue.

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Mansfield Resident Tied Up During Break In

Mansfield Police reported on Tuesday that three males broke into a Mansfield residence on Oak Street and allegedly tied up the resident inside.

At about 5:01 a.m. on Tuesday, a residential panic distress alarm went off at the residence. Four Mansfield Police Officers responded and found the victim tied up in the upstairs of the residence.

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State Trooper Released From Hospital After Cruiser Struck on I-95 in Can

The driver of a pickup truck that struck a state police cruiser early Wednesday morning on Rte. I-95 in Canton will be cited for operating to endanger and marked lanes violation, according to a statement from the Massachusetts State Police Wednesday. 

Trooper Kenneth Downey, 27, who is assigned to Troop H, was released from Boston Medical Center after examination and tests Wednesday morning. Downey had to be extricated from his vehicle by Canton firefighters after the accident Wednesday, according to state police. 

Downey had been in his 2006 Ford Crown Victoria marked cruiser protecting a paving detail on Rte. 95 South, near Exit 11 in Canton near the Norwood line, when his vehicle was struck by a 2003 Ford F150 pickup operated by Ricardo Lepe, of Beverly, who will be summonsed for operating to endanger and marked lanes violation.

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Norfolk Teen Assists Police in Robbery Arrests

A teen who was home from school sick helped Norfolk Police arrest two breaking and entering suspects Tuesday.

Michael Couto, 45, of New Bedford, and Chelsea Smith, 21, of Mashpee, faced multiple felony charges, breaking and entering, breaking and entering while placing a person in fear, larceny and malicious destruction in Wrentham District Court Wednesday, according to a FOX-25 report. The pair is wanted in connection with multiple residential housebreaks in Norfolk.

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Walpole Proposal Could Raise Ticket Prices at Gillette Stadium

A letter from Walpole Town Administrator Michael Boynton will be sent to local legislators this week to propose a plan that would give surrounding communities in close proximity to major entertainment venues and stadiums revenue from their respective ticket sales.

For Gillette Stadium that means communities like Walpole, Wrentham, Sharon and Norfolk.

The proposal, which Boynton stressed is to “start a dialogue,” would ask owners of venues such as Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park and Comcast Center (Mansfield) to apply a charge of up to $3 per ticket over face value in order to mitigate the burden on surrounding communities.

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