Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill, the chief law enforcement officer in the state of Indiana, was found by the Indiana Supreme Court to have committed sexual misconduct and battery.
The Indiana State Supreme Court suspended Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill’s law license for 30 days, following credible accusations of sexual misconduct.
The suspension, which prohibits Hill from practicing law in Indiana, will start May 18.
“We find, as did the hearing officer, that Respondent committed acts of misdemeanor battery, conduct that under the circumstances of this case violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rules 8.4(b) and 8.4(d).”
Once the 30 days is up, the Hill will be automatically reinstated as long as no other suspensions have been put in place.
“I accept with humility and respect the Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling of a 30-day suspension of my license with automatic reinstatement,” said Hill in a written statement. “I have directed that beginning Monday, May 18, Chief Deputy Aaron Negangard will assume responsibility for the legal operations of this office during the temporary suspension of my license until it is reinstated on Wednesday, June 17.”
Hill was credibly accused by four women, including a state lawmaker, of sexual misconduct and inappropriately touching women at a party celebrating the end of the legislative session in March 2018.
“For nearly two years – 705 days – the Republican Attorneys General Association and its AGs have failed the test of leadership, choosing not only to keep quiet on the sexual misconduct of one of its members, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, but recently investing in his 2020 re-election campaign,” said Sean Rankin, executive director of the Democratic Attorneys General Association.
“Today, AG Hill’s law license was suspended for 30 days,” said Rankin. “That is barely a slap on the wrist and a nod to election year politics, allowing Hill’s license to be reinstated conveniently the day before the Republican Party’s nominating convention on June 19th.
The top Indiana state court unanimously found that Hill’s actions at the gathering of legislators, staff and lobbyists in 2018 constituted misdemeanor battery. A special prosecutor had previously decided not to bring criminal charges.
“While at the event, Respondent engaged in acts against four women – a state representative and three legislative assistants – that involved various forms of nonconsensual and inappropriate touching,” the Supreme Court ruling said.
This behavior, according to the ruling, included rubbing one woman’s bare back “down to or just above her buttocks without her consent,” rubbing a second woman’s back, touching a third woman’s buttocks, and putting his arm around a fourth woman’s waist and pulling her near him.
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