No charges to be filed against Attorney General Curtis Hill
Sigler said following an extensive investigation he has elected not to prosecute Hill.
He said there was no crime that could be proven.
Sigler states there was “insufficient evidence of Hill’s intent to touch the victims in a rude, insolent or angry manner to constitute a battery, and a lack of evidence of force with respect to the statutory requirements of sexual battery.”
The investigation, by the Indiana Inspector General’s Office and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police, involved interviewing 56 witnesses and a videotaped statement by AG Hill.
During the press conference, Sigler said he believed the women who accused Hill were credible but didn't feel he could meet the burden of proof required for prosecution.
“The investigation was thorough and fair, and provided a significant amount of witness input and documentary evidence to make an adequate assessment,” Sigler said. “That assessment concludes that the findings did not demonstrate the crucial elements needed to support a conviction of battery or sexual battery under the law.”
Inspector General Lori Torres released the following statement following the press conference.
“While the findings of our investigation did reveal unacceptable behavior by a state officeholder, and which significantly impacted those affected, we respect the grounds on which Special Prosecutor Sigler made his decision.”
The women who allege Hill sexually harassed or assaulted them have filed a tort claim notice with the state to preserve their right to sue, and federal EEOC charges.
Curtis Hill's attorneys released this statement on his behalf:
The Special Prosecutor’s investigation exonerates and absolves Mr. Curtis Hill of any factual and legal criminal behavior. Mr. Hill appreciates the diligence and thoroughness taken by Special Prosecutor Daniel J. Sigler in his investigation of his conduct on March 15, 2018, at Sine Die Party held at A.J.’s Lounge in Indianapolis, Indiana. We never doubted that Mr. Hill would be cleared of any alleged crimes. Special Prosecutor Sigler was charged with leading the investigation of the allegations and in doing so he worked closely with the Indiana Inspector General’s Office as well as the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Mr. Hill will continue to serve the people of Indiana in the capacity for which he was elected as the Indiana Attorney General.
Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the findings into allegations made against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill:
I said I believed the women who stepped forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana Attorney General. The special prosecutor agreed and said, ‘I have accepted the victim statements as true.’
The findings show a disregard of the executive branch zero tolerance harassment policy. My position has not changed.