Warren woman not guilty by reason of insanity of stalking charge


Staff report

WARREN

A judge has ruled that a woman charged in April with harassing a deputy sheriff – and other law- enforcement officers and officials – was suffering from a severe mental illness and is not guilty by reason of insanity.

Megan A. Lentz, 23, of Warren “did not know the wrongfulness of her acts” because of the illness, Judge Andrew Logan ruled Friday during a short trial.

She will be evaluated by the Forensic Psychiatric Center of Northeast Ohio to determine whether she is a mentally ill person subject to court order. If so, the center will determine the “least restrictive commitment alternative consistent with the welfare” of Lentz “and public safety,” Judge Logan ruled.

Lentz attended the hearing and is not in custody. The next hearing will take place at 11 a.m. Nov. 29.

Dr. Thomas Gazley of the Forensic Pscyhiatric Center of Northeast Ohio provided the court with a report after evaluating Lentz’s mental condition at the time of the offense charged, the ruling says.

She was charged with felony menacing by stalking April 5 after a deputy with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office reported that Lentz created a disturbance at the county-owned Stone Building on Courthouse Square.

The deputy, Michael Platt, ordered Lentz to leave the Stone Building unless she had an appointment with a Trumbull County Adult Probation officer there, but she screamed and yelled at Platt and another deputy, Dennis Garito, and challenged the deputies to arrest her, according to a police report.

Lentz used vulgar and abusive language toward the deputies on the sidewalk and in the street in front of the Stone Building and was arrested after numerous warnings, the report says.

Platt also reported receiving messages through Facebook from Lentz, including personal information, such as his wife’s name, and comments about other police officers and two Warren area judges, the report said.

Lentz continually came into county buildings where Platt was working security to harass him and other deputies since Platt arrested her on a disorderly conduct charge several years ago, the report says.

Lentz has been arrested 12 times since July 2014 on charges including vandalism, criminal trespass, contempt of court and misuse of the 911 system, according to jail records.

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