Foxborough forms new committee to help protect children from sexual abuse

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The past can’t be erased for a group of men who say their former teacher and Scout leader in Foxborough sexually abused them decades ago, but a new town Child Safety Committee can go a long way toward protecting youths from here on, local selectmen say.

The seven-member panel – believed to be the first of its kind in the state – was created last week, more than a year after accusations first surfaced against William E. Sheehan, also a former town swim coach, now of Florida.

“The question that has been asked by many victims that I feel I have an obligation to answer is, ‘What are you doing to make sure it doesn’t happen again in Foxborough?’” Selectman James DeVellis said. The response, he said, is to establish training and reporting procedures and a Code of Conduct for anyone working with children on public property.

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