Indiana AG says he will not resign calling sexual allegations 'vicious and false'
There are a growing number of people calling for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign.
INDIANAPOLIS (WDRB) -- An Indiana lawmaker at the center of groping allegations lodged against Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill has come forward.
Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon published her own account of the March 15 incident, which occurred at an Indianapolis bar, in The (Northwest Indiana) Times newspaper.
She says Hill leaned toward her, put his hand on her back, slid it down and grabbed her buttocks.
The Munster lawmaker says she told Hill to "back off," but he approached her again later in the night, put his hand on her back and said: "That skin. That back."
Candelaria Reardon called on all Indiana residents of "good will" to demand Hill's resignation. She said she is speaking out now to support other women who have accused Hill of groping them that night.
Hill released a statement on Friday calling for a thorough investigation of the charges against him. He said in the statement, "I am not resigning. The allegations against me are vicious and false. At no time did I ever grab or touch anyone inappropriately. The lack of fairness and the failure to recognize my constitutional rights are a complete travesty."
There are a growing number of people calling for Hill to resign including a group of African American lawmakers. The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus said Friday that credible allegations that Hill drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative aides have eroded the public's trust in him. Hill is African-American.
State Rep. Cherrish Pryor, an Indianapolis Democrat who leads the group, said the women should not be subjected to that kind of "unacceptable" behavior
The group praised the women for having the courage to come forward and report Hill's behavior.
Inspector General Lori Torres said Friday that Republican and Democratic leaders asked her to launch an investigation, which she said would be a "full and fair review." Hill has denied the allegations. But any findings by Torres could lead to criminal charges against him, if the allegations are substantiated.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a statement late Thursday that she supports Gov. Eric Holcomb's call for Hill to step down. She says "sexual harassment should never be tolerated."
Secretary of State Connie Lawson also urged Hill to resign, saying in a statement that "Indiana has no tolerance for harassment of any kind."
Holcomb and Republican legislative leaders called on Hill to step down earlier Thursday, just days after an internal legislative investigation memo was leaked. The memo says four women accused Hill of inappropriate touching at an Indianapolis bar in March, shortly after this year's legislative session ended.
Hill also is a Republican.
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