Ohio FF charged with engaging in prostitution

Firefighter Andrew Bartnikowski was arrested after he met with undercover law enforcement officers posing as prostitutes

By Rachel Engel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A member of the Columbus Division of Fire was arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution as part of a statewide police sting operation.

Firefighter Andrew Bartnikowski was arrested on Sept. 27 after he responded to an online advertisement to pay for sex, 10 WBNS reported. He met with undercover officers posing as prostitutes at a hotel room, and was arrested and charged with engaging in prostitution.

“We have been made aware of criminal allegations against one of our members. The Division of Fire works very hard to make sure the women and men we employ are trusted without question by the public we serve when we respond to calls for assistance,” Battalion Chief Steve Martin said in a statement. “The charges against this firefighter are disappointing and not acceptable by our division standards. The member named will be given due process through the criminal court system as well as face an administration investigation to determine rules and regulations violations. Any division charges or discipline will be a result of that investigation.”

Bartnikowski’s arrest was part of a statewide anti-human trafficking operation, “Ohio Knows,” which led to the arrest of more than 200 people, and the recovery of 10 missing children.  

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