Former Vienna police officer sentenced on drug, theft charges

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Sheehy's attorney blamed Sheehy's actions on an addiction to pain medication

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A former Vienna police officer and Mathews School resource officer received his sentence for drug and theft charges.

Michael Sheehy will spend six months in the county jail, followed by five years on probation.

In August, he pleaded guilty to several charges, including breaking and entering, theft in office, possessing criminal tools, petty theft and aggravated possession of drugs.

Sheehy stole from the school where he worked. He also stole M-4 rifles from the Vienna Township Police Department and used a lock-out kit to break into a police vehicle last January to take $700.

Tuesday, Sheehy apologized in court and said he embarrassed himself, his family and everyone in uniform. 

His attorney, J.P. Morgan, said he was remorseful.

“He’s fully admitted his actions were wrong and took ownership early on in the process. He let his community down, his employer down and his family down,” he said.

Morgan asked for leniency, saying Sheehy’s bad decisions at the beginning of the year stemmed from an addiction that started after an ear surgery when he was prescribed Percocets.

“Eventually, the prescription ran out and he had to turn to other means to support that addiction,” he said.

Morgan described Sheehy as someone who even at a young age wanted to be a police officer. He was even recognized in 2016 for saving a man’s life who was overdosing.

Assistant Prosecutor Chris Becker said his actions make it difficult for other police officers, however.

“His actions really make it difficult for the hundreds of law enforcement officers in this community who do their job diligently and professionally and legally,” he said. “When an officer performs his job illegally or does something illegal on the job, that’s bad for all of us.”

As part of his sentence, Sheehy was also ordered to pay $1,000 back to the school and $700 to his former chief, Bob Ludt.

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