Columbus police Chief Kim Jacobs has formally transferred the investigation into the Columbus Division of Police vice unit to the FBI, the division announced today, Sept. 27.

Jacobs formally requested the help of the FBI’s public corruption task force as evidence has developed during an internal investigation of the unit.

All normal operations of the vice unit had been suspended in early September for a 28-day review spurred by two high-profile incidents. The arrest of adult film actress Stormy Daniels in July by undercover vice officers and the August shooting of 23-year-old Donna Castleberry by undercover vice officer Andrew Mitchell have drawn the spotlight to the 20-member unit.

Mitchell, a 30-year veteran of the division, was relieved of duty Wednesday night, Sept. 26, police confirmed. He had been the subject of a potentially criminal complaint that had been filed about a week before the shooting occurred.

Police said they would not release additional details about the allegations because of the ongoing criminal investigations.

Anyone with information about potential criminal activity involving vice officers to call a dedicated FBI tip line at 614-849-1777.

The public will be informed before the vice unit resumes operation.

Anyone with allegations of misconduct not related to the vice section should contact the Columbus Police Internal Affairs Bureau at 614-645-4745.

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