Jailer charged in body search

WARREN – A female corrections officer in Trumbull County Jail was scheduled to be arraigned today on a misdemeanor charge accusing her of performing an illegal body cavity search on a female prisoner.

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

Stewart said the prisoner complained to another corrections officer and a medical assistant who were standing by when the search allegedly took place inside the jail Aug. 8.

Stewart said 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.

Her court appearance on the first-degree misdemeanor is scheduled in Warren Municipal Court.

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.