Former FBI agent arraigned on domestic violence charges

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


A former FBI agent and Youngstown Municipal Court administrator will be in the Mahoning County jail on a $10,000 bond for reportedly beating her father.

Police arrested Sheila Lawson on Wednesday on Katherine Street on the city’s East Side. Officers were sent to the home when Lawson’s father called. He said his daughter was under stress about getting her job back, and she had yelled, screamed and hit him.

Lawson appeared before Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court on Friday morning for arraignment on the charges of domestic violence and intimidation of a witness. The judge ordered her jailed on a $10,000 bond and to remain on house arrest should she post bond.

The house arrest will have to be at an address separate from the home she shared with her father because the judge ordered that she have no contact with him.

The father told police Lawson hit him in the back of his head and on the shoulder. Lawson told police she hit her father because he was getting on her nerves.

The father, while police were investigating the matter, told his daughter, “You need help. That’s why they kicked you out of the FBI.” The statement reportedly sent Lawson into a frenzy, causing her to curse the man and punch him in the head in front of officers.

Lawson still threatened to do her father bodily harm as she was being led away by police.

Judge Milich handled the arraignment hearing because of a pending lawsuit Lawson has in federal court naming the city and Judge Elizabeth Kobly and other city officials.

Lawson served as Youngstown Municipal Court administrator from December 2008 until March 2009, when she was terminated. After her firing, she filed the federal lawsuit for wrongful termination. A visiting judge will be brought in to hear that case.

Lawson is due back in court April 17 for a pretrial hearing on the domestic-violence and intimidation charges.

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