AG: Man Impersonated Women on Adult Website, Solicited Acts of Rape, Kidnapping

Thomas Sheehan is being held on $50,000 bail

A Quincy, Massachusetts, man has been indicted for allegedly creating multiple fake online profiles of women from across the state on an adult website and asking others to kidnap, rape and assault them and their children.

Thomas Sheehan, 46, was indicted Thursday on three counts of solicitation to commit rape, two counts of solicitation to commit rape of a child, five counts of solicitation to commit kidnapping and two counts of wanton or reckless behavior creating a risk of serious bodily injury or sexual abuse to a child, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

Police allege that Sheehan impersonated three different women on an adult website and communicated with people on the site who expressed an interest in stalking, raping, kidnapping and torturing the women and their children at his request. The website has not been named, and the online profiles he created have since been taken down.

"The defendant allegedly put the lives of multiple women and their children at risk by using a website and a phony profile to commit acts of violence," Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement announcing the indictment.

The attorney general's office began its investigation after the case was referred by the offices of the Norfolk and Essex district attorneys.

Sheehan was originally arrested in January after an investigation revealed that he had allegedly impersonated a Groveland woman and posted photos of her and her children.

"This was a deeply disturbing case that could have had tragic results," Deputy Groveland Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen said.

Sheehan is being held on $50,000 cash bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court at a later date.

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