INDIANAPOLIS (WOWO): A special prosecutor who helped investigate allegations that Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers says that while he believes the women were inappropriately touched, there’s no evidence that proves it was Hill that did it.
Fort Wayne attorney Daniel Sigler held a news conference in Indianapolis to announce his decision today.
“I found their stories to be credible. I believed them, and believe they had been touched, but I didn’t think I could meet the burden of proof.”
A Marion County judge appointed Sigler in July to review the state inspector general’s eventual findings of the allegations against Hill and to determine whether the Republican officeholder should face criminal charges.
A confidential legislative memo leaked to the media alleged Hill groped four women during a party at an Indianapolis bar in March. Three of the women later went public. Sigler says where the incident happened lent itself to problems with a prosecution, as witnesses could have been inebriated and those that did speak to investigators did so long after it took place.
Hill has denied the allegations and rejected calls to resign from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders. Sigler refused to say whether he thought Hill should resign.
Sigler says Hill didn’t deny touching the women, but adds there’s “a lot of space” between Hill’s story and what the women say happened.