Former Columbus vice officer faces more federal charges

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) –A former Columbus Vice Officer has been indicted on more federal charges.

In a federal case, Andrew Mitchell is already accused of using his badge to coerce women into sex acts. He is also facing charges in the deadly shooting of 23-year-old Donna Castleberry.

According to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday, Mitchell already charged with three counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, two counts of witness tampering, one count of obstruction of justice, one count of lying to federal investigators. He now faces an additional count of obstruction of justice and destruction or removal to prevent seizure.

According to the indictment, Mitchell threatened and intimidated one of the alleged victims to hinder the federal investigation. The indictment also said Mitchell destroyed records, documents, furniture, rugs, blankets, linens, clothing and other objects in order to impair the federal investigation. 

The FBI executed five search warrants Tuesday, gathering evidence presented to the federal grand jury that returned the new indictment Thursday afternoon.

Federal investigators removed boxes and garbage bags of evidence from Mitchell’s investment properties on Denune Avenue and East 20th Avenue.

In an exclusive interview, an employee of Mitchell’s who lives in his property on East 20th tells NBC4 the FBI took several items from where she lives.

“Well, they came to my house supposedly looking for a painting. I didn’t know what painting they were talking about. It ended up being a portrait of a woman he used to know I guess, I never got to see it. Took all my rental stuff and then money and my phone,” the employee said.

Asked why do you think they took all that?

“Looking for free rental history I guess. I really don’t know,” she said.  

Prosecutors said he directed others to clean out an apartment on Denune Avenue with bleach and other chemicals after disposing of evidence.

Mitchell’s attorney says he’s not guilty of any of the state or federal charges.

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