Tue. 10:22 a.m.: Ex-Vienna police officer sentenced
WARREN – A Former Vienna police officer who worked as a school resource officer for Mathews Local School District was sentenced to six months in jail today in connection to break-ins at the high school and police department while he was working.
Michael Sheehy of Warren, when he’s released will then serve five years probation, according to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan, who issued the penalty.
Sheehy pleaded guilty in August to charges of theft in office, possessing criminal tools, petty theft, aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of breaking and entering.
He resigned in February from the Vienna Police Department after he was indicted on the charges.
He was hired as a school resource officer in September 2018, and among his responsibilities was conducting drug-abuse prevention programs in the school district. The former DARE officer is said to have used, possessed or obtained fentanyl on Jan. 29, the day he was released from the Trumbull County Jail after spending one night there, according to the complaint. He was ordered by a Girard judge to enter drug treatment before he was indicted by the county grand jury.
On Dec. 16, Sheehy broke into Mathews High School in order to commit theft, but the report does not state what may have been stolen, according to a complaint.
The complaint also states Sheehy broke into Vienna Township Police Department property room Jan. 28, which is the same day he is accused of taking $700 and using a “lockout key” or a “slim jim,” which is the criminal tool referred to in the indictment.
The complaint filed in Girard Municipal Court states Sheehy took the $700 from a locked police cruiser. And that complaint states he took two M4 rifles from the department without proper authorization. The rifles have an estimated value of $2,400.
The rifles and the use of the lockout key, a police tool, led to the theft-in-office charges because he used the access his position gave him to aid him, the complaint states. It states Sheehy took the rifles on Jan. 23, which led to the grand theft charge, while the petty theft charge is based on the theft of $700, according to the complaint.