UPDATE: Lawmaker Testifies On Indiana Attorney General Groping Claim

Oct 19, 2019

Attorney General Curtis Hill addresses the media in 2018 in the wake of allegations he groped four women.
Credit FILE PHOTO: Brandon Smith/IPB News

UPDATE: 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker says she told a lobbyist that Indiana's attorney general was a "creeper" soon after he allegedly drunkenly groped her at a bar.

Attorney General Curtis Hill looked on Monday as Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon testified about the encounter a party celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session.

Reardon's testimony opened a potentially weeklong professional misconduct hearing that could lead to sanctions against Hill's law license.

Hill disputes the claims from Reardon and three legislative staffers that he inappropriately touched their backs or buttocks during that party.

Hill's attorneys argue that he didn't do anything improper as a lawyer and shouldn't face law license sanctions because he was cleared by a special prosecutor.

ORIGINAL POST:

Attorney General Curtis Hill will defend his law license at a disciplinary hearing beginning Oct. 21.

The weeklong proceeding stems from allegations he groped four women last year.

A state lawmaker and three legislative staffers say Curtis Hill inappropriately touched them at a party in March 2018. A special prosecutor declined to bring charges. But the state’s legal Disciplinary Commission filed a complaint, arguing Hill’s alleged actions – as well as his behavior after the accusations became public – violate the state’s rules of conduct for attorneys.

READ MORE: Attorney General Curtis Hill Faces Disciplinary Charges For 'Pattern Of Misconduct'

Hill denies he inappropriately touched anyone.

The disciplinary hearing before former Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby is set to take a full week, with about two dozen witnesses expected to testify. No decision will be made at the conclusion of the hearing, however. That comes later, from the state Supreme Court, based in part on a recommendation Selby will deliver in the coming weeks.

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