Gov. Holcomb asks Attorney General to Resign

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Thursday night called for Indiana’s attorney general, Curtis Hill, to resign from his office amid allegations of Hill inappropriately touching four women during a legislative end-of-session party in March.

Holcomb called the findings of the legislative report alleging inappropriate touching by Hill “disturbing” and said he supported an investigation by the Indiana Office of Inspector General.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, a Republican from Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tem David Long, a Republican from Fort Wayne, released a joint statement on Thursday night asking Hill to apologize publicly and resign. In that statement, they said that Curtis Hill “is not our employee; if he was, he would already have been fired.”

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody and Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane on Tuesday called on Hill, a Republican, to resign.

Gov. Holcomb’s statement: 

Four women had the courage to step forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana Attorney General. The findings of the recent legislative report are disturbing and, at a minimum, show a violation of the state’s zero tolerance sexual harassment policy. I concur with Sen. Long and Speaker Bosma that Attorney General Hill should resign, and I support a thorough investigation by the state’s Inspector General.

Bosma and Long’s joint statement: 

We believe that the women who came forward with accounts of inappropriate behavior by Attorney General Curtis Hill in the early hours of March 15, 2018, are telling the truth regardless of the Attorney General’s denial of these allegations. We do not believe that Curtis Hill, as chief law enforcement officer of the State of Indiana, can continue to perform his duties, nor should he, and we call for his immediate resignation. We have further requested that the Indiana Inspector General thoroughly investigate these allegations. Sexual harassment is unacceptable at any time, in any place. It makes no difference that these incidents did not occur in a workplace environment. Curtis Hill is not our employee; if he was, he would already have been fired. Because we cannot terminate his employment, we ask instead for him to own up to his actions, apologize publicly to the victims, and tender his resignation immediately.

News 8 has reached out to the Attorney General and the Office of Inspector General.

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