Retired DEA Agent Arrested, Accused of Sexually Abusing Disabled Girl

Thomas Sheehan, 71, is accused of abusing the girl for years

Thursday, Jan 5, 2012  |  Updated 5:13 PM EDT
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Ex-DEA Agent Sexually Abused Disabled Girl: DA

Essex County Prosecutor's Office

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A retired special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency was arrested at his Nutley, N.J. home Thursday, accused of sexually abusing a mentally disabled girl for years, prosecutors said.

Thomas Sheehan, 71, was charged with sexually abusing the now 17-year-old girl beginning when she was 12. The last incident occurred just before Christmas, said authorities.

An arrest warrant was executed at Sheehan's home Thursday morning, and he was charged with second-degree sexual assault, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree aggravated assault.

Sheehan retired from the DEA in 1997, said a DEA spokesman.

Sheehan was able to post the $100,000 bail, the prosecutor's office said. 

A spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said Sheehan did not appear to have an attorney. He's expected to return to court in the next few days.

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