Former Union County probation officer Keith F. Siegmann, right, smiles at defense attorney Paul Scarsella, following his sentencing hearing. Siegmann had an inappropriate relationship with a probationer, falsified documents about her probation and gave the violent criminal a gun. He was sentence to three years of probation. (Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell)
A former Union County probation officer will be on probation for his inappropriate relationship and conduct with a probationer.
In August, former Union County probation officer Keith F. Siegmann pleaded guilty to carrying concealed weapons and attempted tampering with evidence. This week, Judge Mark S. O’Connor sentenced Siegmann to three years of community control and agreed to have that control transferred to Florida, where Siegmann now lives.
Siegmann, 47, of North Port, Florida, was initially charged with two counts of having weapons while under disability and one count of tampering with evidence and could have faced as many as 15 years in prison. By amending the charges, Siegmann was able to avoid the law’s presumption of prison time for his crimes.
Defense attorney Paul Scarsella acknowledged that Siegmann’s crime was “an incredible lapse in his judgment,” even terming it “troubling.”
He said some personal issues that Siegmann was having at the time “led to this.”
“Keith has suffered significantly in this case and has been punished significantly,” Scarsella said.
He told the judge there is nothing in Siegmann’s history or about the incident that indicated he should be sent to prison.
O’Connor acknowledged that Siegmann was one of the lowest recidivism risks he had ever seen.
“I am sure you’ve kicked yourself a couple times for making a stupid mistake,” O’Connor said.
Siegmann apologized to his family and the court “for putting them through this.”
O’Connor said he had no problems with having the probation transferred to Florida. He did tell Siegmann that if he violates the law or the terms of his probation, which includes no guns, he could face more than 18 months in prison.
Officials from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections, the agency in charge of the Adult Parole Authority, said Siegmann, who was hired in March 1997, resigned on April 25, 2019. At the time of his resignation, Siegmann was making $31.18 per hour.
Siegmann’s conduct came to light in February 2019, after investigators received a report from the Ohio Department of Corrections that an Adult Probation and Parole Officer had engaged in “an inappropriate personal and business relationship with a person under his direct supervision and control.”
Through the investigation, it was learned that when Morgan Tumeo was released from prison, she was placed on community control. Siegmann was assigned as her parole officer.
As a result of the investigation, Marysville detectives executed multiple search warrants at Tumeo’s home in Delaware.
“During the search, a .380 semi-automatic handgun belonging to Siegmann was found in the probationer’s bedroom closet,” according to information from the Marysville Division of Police.
Additionally, while Tumeo is prohibited from having or using guns because of her violent criminal history, Siegmann took her to a shooting range, allowing her to handle and use an AR15 rifle, a 9 mm handgun and a .380 handgun.
Tumeo, 28, has an extensive criminal history including more than a dozen forgery convictions as well as convictions for burglary, grand theft, receiving stolen property and drug offenses. Additionally, she has a history of not showing up for court and violating community control sanctions. She has been sent to prison on several occasions.
In January 2018, Siegmann created and filed paperwork saying Tumeo had completed 72 hours of community service and should be given credit for nearly $600 toward her court costs.
Investigators said Tumeo “did not actually perform the work.”
Investigators said that as her supervisor, Siegmann “fraudulently created court documents to allow a probationer to be released from Community Control without completing the requirements set forth by the Common Pleas Court.”
In May of 2018, Siegmann signed a document indicating Tumeo had reported to her supervising officer as instructed, completed all financial obligations to the court, completed both drug court and the Thinking for a Change program, exhibited no further criminal behavior and “adhered to all conditions imposed by her supervising officer.”
In the document, which he filed with the court, Siegmann recommended the court release Tumeo from community control. He also filed and signed paperwork asking for the court to waive thousands of dollars of restitution to the victim.
In November 2019, Tumeo pleaded guilty to having weapons under disability in Delaware County Common Pleas Court. She was placed on community control for three years. As part of the sentence, she is not allowed to own, use or possess any firearms. Her community control was modified to allow her to use medical marijuana.
Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips has asked for a special prosecutor from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office “to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest” because as a parole officer, Siegmann had worked closely with the local prosecutors office.