The Latest: Defiant Indiana attorney general won't step down
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Latest on growing calls for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations (all times local):
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he will not step down amid groping allegations made against him, despite a surge of public officials from both parties calling for the Republican to resign.
Hill, a former Elkhart County prosecutor, said in a defiant statement posted to Twitter Friday afternoon that he has been "falsely accused of some of the same crimes I spent 28 years prosecuting."
He called for an investigation by the Marion County prosecutor's office into groping allegations against him by a lawmaker and three legislative aides.
Hill also said an investigation of his conduct by the Indiana Inspector General's office would not be a "fair and independent" investigation.
The claims made against Hill were included in a confidential legislative memo that was leaked to the media.
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.
A group of African American lawmakers in Indiana are joining the call for Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign.
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.
Hill has denied the allegations.
Indiana's government watchdog says her office is investigating claims that Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill drunkenly groped several women at an Indianapolis bar.
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.
Democratic and Republican leaders both say they believe the allegations are credible.
The claims made against Hill were included in a confidential legislative memo that was leaked.
It says four women accused Hill of inappropriate touching, including a lawmaker who said he groped her after she had told him to back off for touching her moments earlier.
Two more Republicans are calling on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign amid claims he drunkenly groped four women, including a lawmaker.
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. He has denied the accusations.
Top Republican leaders in the Indiana Statehouse are calling for Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign after a week of negative stories drawing into question their handling of groping allegations against him.
Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate leader David Long all issued statements Thursday evening calling on Hill to step down.
An internal legislative memo detailing the allegations was leaked to media outlets earlier this week. The memo says four women accused Hill of inappropriate touching, including a lawmaker who said he groped her after she had told him to back off for touching her moments earlier.
Hill has denied the accusations and called the inquiry into his conduct a "prejudicial investigation that is deeply troubling."
His office did not respond to a request for comment Thursday evening.
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