OH Police Unit That Arrested Stormy Shut Down After Cop Arrested For Kidnap, Rape

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 26: Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels attends the 2019 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Pho... LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 26: Adult film actress/director Stormy Daniels attends the 2019 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images) MORE LESS
|
March 21, 2019 9:41 a.m.

The Columbus, Ohio police unit that gained notoriety for arresting Stormy Daniels in a strip club last year was shut down this week after one of the detectives was arrested on federal charges that he kidnapped and raped women.

The Columbus interim Chief of Police Tom Quinlan announced the vice unit — which investigates prostitution, alcohol and gambling crimes in Columbus — would be shut down in a video posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

“While today’s decision is not a reflection on all the officers assigned to vice, it has become clear, there’s a better method of addressing the community’s needs when it comes to the enforcement of prostitution, alcohol and gambling,” he said. “Soon I am meeting with the deputy chief to develop a new model of enforcement.”

Newsletters
Get TPM in your inbox, twice weekly.
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription has been successful.

The Ohio detective, Andrew Mitchell, was indicted two weeks ago following a months-long investigation into the unit, The New York Times reported. 

Last July, the vice unit was scrutinized nationally after four of it detectives went to a strip club where Daniels was performing and arrested her for illegal sexually oriented activity, after she fondled three of the undercover officers. The charges were dropped less than a day later on a technicality. The unit was later investigated to determine whether the investigation was politically motivated, given Daniels’ national status as the porn actress who was paid hush money to stay quiet about her alleged affair with President Trump.

In January, Daniels sued the police department over the arrest on charges that the city prosecutor later determined should no longer be enforced.

Latest News
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: