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Former FBI agent arraigned on domestic violence charges

Published: Sat, March 31, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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.


1Photoman(1249 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

How did this woman scoot by the tough reviews of the FBI? Her recent actions did not just suddenly pop up. Looks like the FBI needs to take another look at their screening process.

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2peggygurney(408 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow this woman obviously has some serious anger management issues. Keep her away from her father!

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3CountryGirl51(232 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

Couldnt agree with you more Peggy. Still threatening her father as she was being led away by the police ! Wow ! She does need help when it comes to her anger. And does not need to be in the FBI or any position of authority with the problems she has at the moment. Lets hope she stays clear of her father.

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42Infiniti(5 comments)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I have known Sheila Lawson all of my life. She got into the FBI because she is intelligent and a true professional. She graduated from Ursuline, graduated from college and was accepted into the FBI -- she even went to grad school became a pharmacist.
She was discharged from the FBI more than 5 years ago and has been suffering psychlogically ever since. Clearly, this latest incident is the result of some kind of psychotic breakdown. This is not the person I know. People who don't know what they are talking about need to STFU. Anyone can have an emotional breakdown. I am praying for my friend.

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5BillDibb(1 comment)posted 4 years, 4 months ago

I have known Sheila for over a decade as she was a fellow FBI agent. She was a compassionate, smart, true professional. She was a model FBI agent for both male and females alike. She appears to have emotional issues of late. I too am praying for this former collegue of mine. But for the grace of God go I.

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6Ira(1 comment)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I am praying for Sheila. Had it not been for Sheila, I never would have finished school. She is still a person that is blessed and will bounce back. I knew her for years and worked with her at the FBI Detroit. You never know when mental illness will hit anyone and for people to judge her is wrong. She is a hard working, highly educated person and juggled law school while closing major cases. Sheila keep your head up and if you need anything I'm here. God bless you and your family. Ira

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Pretty bad beating up your father and threatening bodily harm. If she's been having mental issues, and it seems she has for awhile, you get help. You all know her, has she been seeking medical help? Just saying....

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