Ex-Vienna officer tries for drug court

WARREN — Trumbull County prosecutors are opposing a request from a former Vienna police officer who wants his case to be heard in the county’s drug court.

Michael Sheehy, 32, resigned from the Vienna Township Police Department shortly after he was indicted in February in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court on misdemeanor charges of petty theft and possessing criminal tools and on six felony charges — two counts of theft in office, two counts of breaking and entering, one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of grand theft — according to a complaint filed by the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office in a direct presentment after a Trumbull County grand jury levied the charges.

At a Tuesday pretrial hearing, attorneys for Sheehy requested he receive a drug court evaluation.

“We advised the court that we will oppose him entering drug court,” said Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker. “We will not sign a drug court plea.”

The county’s drug court allows qualifying people charged with offenses directly or indirectly related to substance abuse disorders to go through a diversion program. A person enrolled in drug court — a treatment in lieu of conviction program — is required to attend counseling and treatment programs, stay free of illegal substances and follow other program rules tailored to the individual. After he or she has met certain standards, the court closes the case, and the person can apply to have his or her records expunged.

Sheehy was hired as a school resource officer in September 2018 and among his responsibilities was conducting drug-use prevention programs in the school district. The 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.

Before Sheehy was charged in county court, charges were filed against him in Girard Municipal Court, where Judge Jeffrey Adler ordered him to enter and complete an inpatient recovery program at First Step Recovery in Warren, a detoxification and addiction treatment center, in order to be eligible to be released on a $15,000 bond.

The complaint filed in Girard Municipal Court states Sheehy took $700 from a locked police cruiser, took two M4 rifles worth $2,400 from the department without proper authorization and broke into Mathews High School in order to commit theft, but does not state what, if anything, was stolen.

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.