On January 2, 2019, the Diocese of Monterey released a list of 30 clergymen who have been “credibly accused” of sexually abusing children. Joseph Sheehan was listed as a credibly accused priest not previously released to the public. The diocese acknowledged that it received reports of sexual abuse involving Sheehan in 1992 arising out of incidents occurring between 1971-1975. Sheehan is reportedly deceased.
Articles about Father Sheehan
- KSBW8 TV - Diocese of Monterey Names 30 Clergymen 'Credibly Accused' of Sexual Misconduct (02/01/2019)
- The Californian - Monterey Diocese IDs Clergy Accused of Abuse Since 1950s (02/01/2019)
- Diocese of Monterey - Report of Credible Allegations (02/01/2019)
- Monterey Herald - Diocese of Monterey Releases Report on Child Sex Abuse (03/01/2019)