Woman gets probation in Mahoning County extortion case


YOUNGSTOWN — A woman charged with trying to extort money from Mahoning County’s former sanitary engineer was given two years’ probation as part of a plea agreement.

Gloria Prottengeier, 38, of North Lincoln Avenue, Salem, pleaded guilty today before Judge Maureen A. Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to the charges of obstructing justice and possession of drugs.

She originally had been charged with extortion, and possession of heroin and possession of drugs.

Authorities said Prottengeier told them in April 2012 that former sanitary engineer J. Robert Lyden had bought heroin for her and met her in a county vehicle on county time. Lyden denied those allegations, but Canfield police detectives said Lyden admitted in interviews that he paid Prottengeier for sex, talked to her on his county cellphone, met her in his county car and met with her on county time.

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