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Sentencing set for former probation officers

WARREN — Two former Warren Municipal Court probation officers who admitted to unethical practices will be sentenced next month on their misdemeanor convictions.

Trumbull County Common Pleas Court records show Brenda McAllister, 54, of Warren, will be sentenced Oct. 26 by Judge Peter J. Kontos, and Robin McCoy, 48, will be sentenced Sept. 30 by Judge W. Wyatt McKay.

According to Christopher Becker, the county’s assistant prosecutor, the presentence background investigations for both women have been completed.

Both women pleaded guilty to two first-degree misdemeanors dealing with restrictions while in a public job. According to terms of the plea, both had to pay a $2,000 fine and submit a letter of resignation to the Warren Municipal Court.

Becker said he doesn’t expect any jail sentences for the two, saying the loss of their public jobs will satisfy the prosecution. He said the charges followed an investigation by municipal court judges Terry Ivanchak and Thomas Gysegem. The two women have been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 27, 2019, when “the court discovered some irregularities,” Gysegem had said in March.

The two had been accused of running two counseling agencies, New Directions and In Faithás Hands. Becker said they were using the influence from their public jobs to garner clients for this private enterprise.

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