Federal court hearing set for accused police vice officer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A hearing is set in federal court for a vice squad officer in Ohio held without bail on charges of forcing women to have sex with him under threat of an arrest.

A federal indictment also accuses Columbus police officer Andrew Mitchell of witness tampering and lying to federal agents when he said he’d never had sex with prostitutes.

Mitchell is expected to plead not guilty at Thursday’s arraignment in federal court in Columbus. His attorney will also ask that a magistrate judge’s order denying him bond be reconsidered.

Mitchell resigned March 13.

Mitchell has also been investigated by state authorities but not yet charged after police said he fatally shot a prostitute who stabbed him in the hand while sitting in his unmarked police car.