Columbus Police is departmentally charging five previous Vice Unit officers over the 2018 arrest of adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
Interim Police Chief Tom Quinlan published the charges in a video on Wednesday. The department has not named the officers involved.
“The five officers from the now-disbanded Vice section who are being departmentally charged this week include a commander, a lieutenant, a sergeant and two of the arresting officers,” Quinlan states in the video. “These officers violated our rules of conduct. The range of discipline for these officers can include a reprimand, a suspension, demotion, and or termination.”
Daniels was detained during her presentation at the strip club Sirens on July 11, 2018. Along with Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters, Daniels was charged with infringing Ohio’s “Community Defense Act,” which outlaws “nude or semi-nude” dancers from touching patrons.
According to a press release, each of the charged officers will receive a hearing, after which Quinlan will make a recommendation for disciplinary action. Based on that recommendation, Columbus’ Director of Public Safety will make the ultimate decision about suspensions, demotions or terminations.
Daniels has filed a federal civil rights suit against the department. She affirms officers were “politically motivated” to restrain her in vengeance for her suit against President Trump over a 2016 hush payment.