Vienna cop accused of stealing rifles ordered into rehab
A Vienna Township Police Officer who is also a Mathews Schools Resource Officer appeared for video arraignment Tuesday on charges of theft in office and possessing criminal tools.
A Vienna Township Police Officer who is also a Mathews Schools Resource Officer's bond has been modified for him to complete an inpatient recovery program.
According to a criminal complaint, Officer Michael Sheehy allegedly stole two AR-15 rifles valued at $2,400 from the Vienna Township Police Department and used the department's vehicle lockout kit to break into a township police vehicle and steal $700.
Sheehy's bond has been set at $15,000 and he was ordered to remain under house arrest. Sheehy is also ordered to complete an inpatient recovery program at First Step Recovery as a condition of his bond.
Sheehy, 32, was placed on leave from the district on Monday, January 14 as investigators looked into what school officials will describe as a “situation” not involving a student.
Two days after he was placed on leave from the school, he took a vacation from his job as a Vienna Township police officer.
Superintendent Russell McQuaide told 21 News that when he became aware of the allegation, he notified the Vienna Township Police Chief, who in turn passed the information along to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Chief Bob Ludt says the current charges that Sheehy faces are separate from the investigation related to Sheehy's job at Mathews schools.
Officer Sheehy, who presented DARE programs in the school district, was hired as a resource officer for the district's three school buildings in September.
Sheehy pleaded not guilty to the felony theft in office charge. He did not enter pleas to the misdemeanor charges of theft and possession of criminal tools.
His next court hearing is set for February 13.