Reports: Second Cincinnati city councilman arrested on federal corruption charges

Reports: Second Cincinnati city councilman arrested on federal corruption charges
P.G. Sittenfeld (Contributed Photo/WCPO-TV)

CINCINNATI — A second Cincinnati city council member has been arrested by federal agents ahead of an announcement of charges in a public corruption case, according to reports from our news partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.

P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested by federal agents Thursday, the station reports. The FBI and U.S. Attorney David M. DeVillers announced a press conference for 11 a.m. to announce charges in a public corruption case.

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Sittenfeld is the second Cincinnati council member to be arrested in the last two weeks and the third this year. Jeff Pastor was arrested on federal bribery charges Nov. 10. Former council member Tamaya Dennard was arrested and charged in February on federal charges.

Pastor is accused of taking $55,000 in bribes over the course of about a year in exchange for votes related to development projects in the city, according to WCPO-TV. His attorney, Ben Dusing, said Pastor is not sure whether he’ll resign.

Dennard pleaded guilty in June to honest services wire fraud for taking $15,000 in exchange for votes on council.

This is a developing story and we’ll update this page with new details as they become available.