Indiana’s Attorney General was ousted Friday when he lost the Republican nomination for reelection in the wake of groping allegations from multiple women.
Attorney General Curtis Hill lost Friday to former U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, who boasted 52% of the state convention delegates’ votes after groping allegations had tainted Hill’s efforts, Indiana GOP Chairman Kyle Hupfer said, The Associated Press reports.
Regarding his decision to enter the race, the polarizing conservative Rokita, 50, pointed to Hill’s “bad judgment, bad choices and not taking responsibilities” which he said tarnished the 59-year-old’s time as AG.
In 2018, Hill was accused by Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon and three female staffers, of having groped them at a party in March of that year commemorating the conclusion of 2018′s legislative session. The three staffers were aged 23 to 26 at the time of the alleged incident.
Hill has denied the allegations and though the a special prosecutor decided not to file criminal charges, his law license was suspended for 30 days in May, when Indiana Supreme Court unanimously ruled he “committed the criminal act of battery.”
Despite Hill’s popularity in Republican circles, Indiana GOP leaders including Gov. Eric Holcomb called for his resignation.
In October, Reardon testified at an attorney disciplinary hearing that Hill had grabbed her rear end at the 2018 party.
The alleged “squeeze, a firm grasp,” took place, she said, when the stench of alcohol could be smelled on Hill, whose eyes were glazed.
The staffers similarly testified that Hill had inappropriately touched their backs or bottoms and made unsolicited sexual remarks during the celebration.
With News Wire Services