District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced that Sharon J. Thibeault, the Second Assistant District Attorney, received the Prosecutor of the Year award at the 2013 Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association’s Annual Prosecutor’s Conference held in Boston earlier this month. This award is voted on by the eleven elected District Attorney’s in the Commonwealth.
Ms. Thibeault was admitted to practice law in the State and Federal Courts in Massachusetts and she joined the District Attorney’s office in 1992 under District Attorney Philip A. Rollins, and began prosecuting criminal cases for the Commonwealth in the District Courts. She was also assigned as the District Court Child Abuse prosecutor. Ms. Thibeault earned the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Prosecutor of the Year Award in 1994. The following year Ms. Thibeault became the Chief District Court Prosecutor, and began overseeing the management of the Cape & Islands District Courts. As District Court Chief, she was nominated to attend the Career Prosecutor’s Course sponsored by the National College of District Attorneys. She was also appointed to the original task force to bring a drug court program to the area. Ms. Thibeault was promoted to the Superior Court in 1996 and was assigned to prosecute narcotics and sexual assault cases. She eventually began prosecuting all major felonies including robberies, home invasions, narcotics trafficking, sexual assaults, arsons, financial crimes and homicides.
In 2007, Ms. Thibeault was appointed Second Assistant District Attorney by District Attorney Michael O’Keefe. As Second Assistant, she carries a caseload of major felonies in conjunction with the varied responsibilities of assisting the District Attorney and First Assistants with the day to day operations of the District Attorney’s office including the supervision of attorneys and investigations. Ms. Thibeault has been the longstanding liaison for the DA’s office to the State Police Crime Lab. She also oversees the Elder Abuse Unit and Disabled Persons Abuse Unit. She remains active in the Child Abuse Unit and sits on the Office’s Child Fatality Review team. Since its inception in 2011, Ms. Thibeault has been the Office’s Superior Court ADA representative on the local Street Crime Unit, a collaboration of state, local and county law enforcement that targets repeat violent offenders. During her twenty years as an ADA, Ms. Thibeault has presented at a number of training seminars and conferences for attorneys, victim witnesses advocates, police officers, and medical and social service professionals.
Sharon Thibeault is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School, the College of the Holy Cross and Phillips Exeter Academy.