[by WSYX/WTTE, Associated Press]
Police confirmed he submitted a retirement letter on March 20th, nine days after he was arrested on seven federal charges. A spokeswoman says his personnel file will say retired in bad standing. The 30-year veteran is behind bars awaiting trial after a federal judge ruled he should not be released.
Mitchell is accused of kidnapping three different victims under the guise of an arrest, then taking them to another location and forcing them to engage in sexual acts in order to be released. According to the indictment, he did it to one victim at least twice. Federal investigators say they are still investigating, and they are asking anyone who may have been a victim or have any information about Officer Mitchell or possibly any other officers to come forward. He is also facing two counts of witness tampering, and one count of making false statements.
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 a three-decade career.
Interim Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan announced Tuesday night that the city vice unit is being disbanded with its duties handled differently in the future.
Mitchell is also under investigation for the shooting death of Donna Castleberry (also known as Donna Dalton) on August 23, 2018, during an alleged prostitution sting.
Columbus Police say because it's retirement in bad standing, the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Board will determine whether or not Mitchell gets to keep his.