Indicted Columbus Police Vice Officer Submits Retirement

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The Columbus Division of Police has confirmed that Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell recently submitted his retirement.

The officer was arrested last week on federal charges for forcing women to have sex with him, in exchange for their release.

Police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis says Mitchell's personnel file will say he retired in bad standing.

His arraignment in federal court is set for Thursday. The move comes as the Columbus Interim Police Chief announced the abolishment of the department's vice unit. That led to seven officers having their assignments abolished, and three other officers being reassigned.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein also said Wednesday he's dismissed 18 pending cases from arrests by Mitchell. Klein's office is also reviewing convictions of cases involving Mitchell dating back through is three-decade career.

(photo courtesy ABC-6)

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