Charge dismissed against Trumbull corrections officer

WARREN – A judge, acting on the recommendation of a Warren Municipal Court prosecutor, dismissed a misdemeanor charge Wednesday against a female corrections officer in the Trumbull County Jail who a detective claimed performed an illegal body cavity search on a female prisoner.

Maj. Tom Stewart of the Sheriff’s Office said Sheila Cullins, 49, of Warren still remains on paid administrative leave pending results of an ongoing internal investigation that Stewart is conducting.

Stewart filed the charge Tuesday.

Warren Law Director Greg Hicks said the charge against Cullins was dismissed ”in the interest of justice” and pending further investigation by attorneys. Hicks said the charge was dismissed without prejudice and can be re-filed at a later date.

”There are many factors involved and we just wanted to take a better look at this charge,” Hicks said.

Stewart initial contention was that full body cavity searches can only be conducted with a search warrant approved by a judge.

Cullins, 49, worked in the jail the past 16 years.

The prisoner was being booked into the jail after being negatively terminated from a drug program in the Cleveland area. She is currently in the county’s Drug Court, where she was referred after being arrested on charges of receiving stolen property and forgery.