INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A
special prosecutor will help Indiana’s government watchdog investigate
allegations that state Attorney General Curtis Hill drunkenly groped a
lawmaker and three legislative staffers, and eventually determine if Hill
faces criminal charges, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
Marion County Prosecutor
Terry Curry filed a motion Tuesday seeking a special prosecutor - a request
promptly approved by a county judge. That prosecutor has not yet been
Curry said he had to seek a
special prosecutor because Hill’s office currently represents Marion County,
the home to Indianapolis, in two pending civil cases. He said that in light
of that legal entanglement it would be “inappropriate” for his office to
handle any prosecution of Hill.
“Quite simply I am
a client of the Attorney General’s office,” Curry, a Democrat, said during a
news conference. “It would be entirely inappropriate for our office then to
turn around and participate in a criminal investigation of the attorney
Indiana’s Inspector General
Lori Torres said Friday that her office is investigating the claims that
Hill, a Republican, drunkenly groped four women at an Indianapolis bar early
on March 15, at a party celebrating the end of the legislative session.
Torres said Republican and Democratic leaders asked her to launch an
investigation, and she promised a “full and fair review.”
Curry said he expected that
a special prosecutor would be appointed within 30 days. That prosecutor will
review Torres’ eventual findings and determine whether Hill will face
An internal legislative
memo leaked to media outlets states that a female lawmaker and three
legislative staffers allege Hill drunkenly groped them during a March party
in Indianapolis. Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and Gabrielle
McLemore, the Indiana Senate Democrats’ communications director, say they
were among the victims.
Hill has denied the
allegations and called them “vicious and false.” On Monday, he rebuffed
growing calls for him to resign.
On Friday, Hill called for
Curry’s office to conduct its own investigation, arguing that the
investigation by Torres’ office would not be “fair and independent.”
Curry said that under
Indiana law, the state’s inspector general has the authority “to investigate
matters arising out of state government and state employees,” including
He declined to comment
about the allegations against Hill or whether he should resign.
observation is that Attorney General Hill is correct as it relates to
criminal matters and that is that he’s presumed innocent until proven
guilty. At this point the process will have to play out to determine whether
anyone’s committed any crime here, or not,” Curry said.
Republican Gov. Eric
Holcomb and Statehouse GOP leaders last week called on Hill to resign. And
dozens of protesters rallied for his resignation Saturday outside the
Republican U.S. Senate
candidate Mike Braun on Tuesday also said Hill should resign, calling the
allegations “troubling and serious.”
Democratic incumbent U.S.
Sen. Joe Donnelly, who urged Hill to resign last Thursday, is facing Braun
in what’s expected to be one of the nation’s most competitive Senate races.