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Feds Say Ohio Vice Cop Andrew Mitchell Abducted Women and Forced Them Into Sex

Authorities wouldn't say whether the charges related to Donna Dalton, who was shot to death by Mitchell last August.

Paul Becker/FacebookPaul Becker/FacebookThe Columbus, Ohio, police officer who fatally shot Donna Dalton last year has now been arrested by the FBI and indicted on federal charges. Vice cop Andrew Mitchell is accused of kidnapping women "under the guise of an arrest" and forcing victims "to engage in sex for their freedom," as the Columbus Division of Police put it.

A seven-count indictment was returned by a federal grand jury last week and unsealed today, and federal agents picked up Mitchell this morning. The charges encompass activity beginning in July 2017.

"While under the guise of an arrest," said U.S. Attorney General for the Southern District of Ohio Ben C. Glassman at a press conference Monday, Mitchell "picked up a woman, transported her to another location, and then offered her freedom in exchange for oral sex."

Mitchell—an ex-homicide cop, 30-year veteran of the force, and vice officer since May 2017—is accused of similar conduct with another woman in September 2017 and again in spring 2018, forcing her into vaginal and anal sex.

"Having become aware of the investigation into his activities," Mitchell then tampered with witnesses, said Glassman. He later attempted to obstruct a federal grand jury investigation into this, and then lied to the FBI when asked if he had ever "had sex with a prostitute," when he had both done so under circumstances like this as well as "paid for sex some."

Glassman stressed that "this is just an indictment" and that the investigation is ongoing. For now, Mitchell faces federal charges of witness tampering, making false statements, obstruction of justice, and deprivation of rights under the color of law.

Authorities would not say whether the federal charges are related to Dalton (also known as Donna Castleberry), who was shot multiple times while in Mitchell's unmarked police car last August. Mitchell claimed that he killed her in self-defense after she stabbed him in the hand.

Police later announced that at the time of the shooting, Mitchell was already under investigation based on an unspecified citizen complaint. The department's critical incident response team began a separate investigation into Dalton's death. Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Ron O'Brien said the latter investigation had been completed and findings would be presented to a grand jury later this month.

Columbus police opened an investigation into its whole vice squad around the same time. Vice officers faced lawsuits over their arrest of Stormy Daniels, who was making a guest appearance at a Columbus strip club, and two other workers there. Charges against all three women were dropped, and the city has already settled the non-Daniels suit.

In September, the chief of Columbus police asked federal investigators to pitch in. The division "has requested the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Public Corruption Task Force as evidence has developed in the investigations of the Columbus Police Vice Section," it said in a statement. "The Task Force includes the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Ohio Auditor of State, and the FBI. A formal request was made by Chief Kim Jacobs to transfer the investigations and the Task Force accepted."

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  • ImanAzol||

    That's a lot of cocks to suck at 25c each.

  • Eddy||

    "federal agents picked up Mitchell this morning"

    Let me guess...a negotiated surrender, out of the range of tv cameras?

  • croaker||

    Of course. Professional courtesy forbids taking him down by SWAT as he deserves.

  • croaker||

    Of course. Professional courtesy forbids taking him down by SWAT as he deserves.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Excuse my language but he seems like a real jerk.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Well that's not a very nice thing to say about someone.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    Sorry - I got emotional.

  • AlmightyJB||

    I understand. It must be that time of the month again.

  • Real Books||

    At least Crusty didn't say "learn to code". That would be really bad.

  • BearOdinson||

    So it would seem that, in reality, it is the cops from whom we have to worry about sex trafficking.

  • Trifrozion||

    This sounds like a real case of sex trafficking. Maybe we should focus on this and not Robert Kraft.

  • Incredulous||

    My thoughts, exactly!

  • RobertWorth||

    It was consensual sexual activity with Kraft, so of course we should focus there and not on genuine rape and similar.

  • KiwiDude||

    No charges for Rape? Is that so he won't have to go on the Sex Crimes Register if he is found guilty?

  • Eddy||

    We can wait for the state charges, if any.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Vice cops are the scum that scum scrape off their shoes. It shouldn't even be a thing. Once you give someone a job raping prostitutes, it's only a matter if time before he's arresting and raping anyone who looks too powerless to report him. Not that reporting him would have mattered. He screwed up by murdering one of them.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Let's hope all this will be dropped after arbitration. GO UNION!

  • Chipper Jones||

    Yep. He's not yet a former police officer so it seems theres a good chance he ends up back in the job with back pay.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Authorities would not say whether the federal charges are related to Dalton (also known as Donna Castleberry), who was shot multiple times while in Mitchell's unmarked police care last August.

    Police Care indeed.

  • Rich||

    "I learned it from R. Kelly, OK?!"

  • Inigo Montoya||

    Whatever happened to that commenter Dunphy who always defended cops no matter what? I wondered what he'd say to defend this uniformed piece of excrement.

  • Vulgar Madman||

    I'm hoping he drowned in cum.

  • majil||

    Cheer when cops are shot in their fucking faces

  • perlchpr||

    It would be a shame if this officer fell into a running wood chipper. Tragic, really.

  • Vulgar Madman||

    "Vice cop" he sure lived up to his name!

  • killboyumeed847548588||

    Your confusion is understandable, but this blog is called The Volokh Conspiracy.

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