The Indiana Supreme Court’s Disciplinary Commission has accused state Attorney General Curtis Hill of attorney misconduct and committing sexual battery.
In a Disciplinary Complaint filed Tuesday, the commission said it found reasonable cause to determine Hill broke the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct when he allegedly drunkenly groped four women, including one lawmaker, at a party in downtown Indianapolis in March 2018. At least two of the women said Hill reached under their clothes and grabbed their buttocks. The others said Hill made them uncomfortable with similar inappropriate physical contact.
In the complaint, the Disciplinary Commission said Hill “acted with the selfish motive to arouse his sexual desires,” and “lacks remorse for his misconduct.”
Hill has denied the allegations, and a special prosecutor decided not to pursue prosecution of either sexual battery or simple battery against him, though he said the alleged victims’ claims of being touched inappropriately were credible.
Still, several lawmakers and state leaders, including Governor Eric Holcomb, called for Hill to resign in the wake of the accusations.
Hill’s attorney, Don Lundberg, released the following statement:
“This matter has been investigated three times. There was an investigation undertaken by the General Assembly, another by the inspector general and, finally, one by the special prosecutor. And after having reviewed all the information, all three reached the same conclusion: no further action was warranted. The Attorney General remains focused on serving the people of Indiana. This matter will be addressed through the proper process outlined for disciplinary complaints in the State of Indiana and we are confident it will conclude in a manner consistent with the results of the prior investigations.”
The Disciplinary Commission has asked that Hill be disciplined for professional misconduct, and be ordered to pay expenses incurred from an investigation, hearing and procedures.
The Indianapolis Star reports Hill will have an opportunity to defend himself against the charges and the Indiana Supreme Court will ultimately determine any punishment.