INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license will
be suspended for 30 days over an allegation that he drunkenly groped four
women during a party, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.
The unanimous court decision said that the state’s attorney disciplinary
commission “proved by clear and convincing evidence that (Hill) committed
the criminal act of battery.”
But the court gave the Republican attorney general a less serious punishment
than the 60-day suspension recommended by a hearing officer for his actions
during a party marking the end of the 2018 legislative session.
Hill has denied doing anything wrong, testifying during a hearing in October
that he briefly touched Democratic Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon’s back while
leaning in to hear what she was saying during the party and was startled to
realize she was wearing a backless dress. Hill said “absolutely not” when
asked whether he grabbed Reardon’s buttocks.
Reardon testified that Hill, smelling of alcohol and with glassy eyes, was
holding a drink in his right hand and put his left hand on her shoulder,
then slid his hand down her dress to clench her buttocks. “A squeeze, a firm
grasp,” she said.
Hill, 59, also refuted testimony from three female legislative staffers -
ages 23 to 26 at the time - that he inappropriately touched their backs or
buttocks and made unwelcomed sexual comments during the party.