Governor, lawmakers call on Indiana AG Curtis Hill to resign over groping allegations

Curtis Hill (File photo )

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Governor Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian C. Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long are calling on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign over recent groping allegations.

In a statement issued Thursday, Bosma and Long said they believe the four women who claim Hill touched them inappropriately at an Indianapolis bar on the last day of the legislative session. The Republican lawmakers don’t believe Hill can continue performing his duties as the chief law enforcement officer of the state, and he shouldn’t.

Along with his resignation, Bosma and Long also want Hill to own up to his actions and apologize publicly to the victims. Here’s their full statement:

“We believe that the women who came forward with accounts of inappropriate behavior by Attorney General Curtis Hill in the early hours of March 15, 2018, are telling the truth regardless of the Attorney General’s denial of these allegations. We do not believe that Curtis Hill, as chief law enforcement officer of the State of Indiana, can continue to perform his duties, nor should he, and we call for his immediate resignation. We have further requested that the Indiana Inspector General thoroughly investigate these allegations. Sexual harassment is unacceptable at any time, in any place. It makes no difference that these incidents did not occur in a workplace environment. Curtis Hill is not our employee; if he was, he would already have been fired. Because we cannot terminate his employment, we ask instead for him to own up to his actions, apologize publicly to the victims, and tender his resignation immediately.”

In a separate statement, Gov. Holcomb said he agrees with Bosma and Long, and he supports a thorough investigation by the state’s inspector general.

“Four women had the courage to step forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana Attorney General. The findings of the recent legislative report are disturbing and, at a minimum, show a violation of the state’s zero tolerance sexual harassment policy. I concur with Sen. Long and Speaker Bosma that Attorney General Hill should resign, and I support a thorough investigation by the state’s Inspector General.”

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson echoed their sentiments, saying Hill should go:

“Indiana has no tolerance for harassment of any kind. I appreciate tonight’s statements from our Governor, Lt. Governor and legislative leadership. Indiana deserves a safe work environment, which extends beyond the workplace. I am disappointed that I must make such a call, but Attorney General Hill should resign. Our state leaders are held to a higher standard and must behave in such a manner.”

In another statement, Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said the Republicans were right to ask for Hill’s resignation.

“Statehouse Republicans were right to echo the call for Attorney General Hill to resign amid the allegations uncovered this week. We will continue to stand with those who had the courage to come forward while, in the meantime, it seems Hoosiers will also continue to wait for Curtis Hill to do the right thing.”

Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly issued the following statement saying Hill should resign immediately.

“My first and foremost concern has been for the women who are the victims of this outrageous conduct. I had hoped that Attorney General Hill would have used the holiday as an opportunity to take a second look at his situation and do the right thing. That has not occurred. It’s time for Attorney General Hill to resign immediately.”