Three years in corruption case
By CHRISTOPHER BOBBY
WARREN – A Warren woman will spend three years behind bars after being sentenced Thursday to charges that spell out a two-year-long routine of feeding oxycodone and other painkillers to underaged girls and then using their urine to pass drug tests that allowed her to keep buying heroin for herself.
Assistant county prosecutor Gabe Wildman outlined how 44-year-old Carol Sheldon had a legitimate prescription for the painkillers but was required to take a drug test periodically so she could continue filling the scripts.
Once filled, Wildman said Sheldon would sell most of the painkillers and use the profits to buy heroin for herself. The rest of the painkillers were given to the girls, who were urged to take the pills and then turn over their urine, so Sheldon could cheat on the drug tests.
The girls are now aged 17 and 18.
Sheldon, with former addresses on Maryland and Tod Avenue N.W. in Warren, pleaded guilty to five counts of corrupting another with drugs and a misdemeanor charge of endangering children. She was sentenced by Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Rice, who followed terms of a plea deal worked out by attorneys.
Wildman also said the teenage victims involved in Sheldon’s drug activity also were victimized by their own uncle, who Sheldon knows.
The uncle – Mark E. Carnes, 55, of Maple Street, Newton Falls – remains in Trumbull County Jail facing a 26-count indictment and a final pre-trial Sept. 25 and a trial Oct. 14 also before Rice.
Both Carnes and Sheldon were secretly indicted, with indictments revealed after they were arrested.
Carnes is accused of raping both girls and convincing them to send him naked photos of themselves over the telephone and through a computer link.
In all, Carnes faces five counts each of rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and compelling prostitution. He also is charged with 11 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material of performance.
The indictment charges that the criminal activity took place between Feb. 18, 2009, and March 7, 2014.
During that time, Carnes is accused of having sexual activity by force; knowingly engaging in sexual conduct with a person 13 or older but younger than 16, and 10 or more years younger than he is; and that he “did knowingly induce, procure, encourage, solicit, request, or otherwise facilitate a minor to engage in sexual activity for hire.”