Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill won't face criminal charges in the alleged drunken groping of a lawmaker and three legislative staffers at a party in March.
Special prosecutor Daniel Sigler announced his decision Tuesday morning, saying the investigation into the allegations against Hill, a Republican, is closed.
A confidential legislative memo leaked to the media alleges Hill groped the four women at the party in Indianapolis to mark the end of the legislative session in March. Three of the women later went public.
Hill has denied the allegations and rejected calls to resign from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders.
Sigler said he believes the claims of the four women, including State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, who accused Hill of groping them at a party, but that he doesn't have sufficient evidence to prosecute.
In his review of the investigation, Sigler said he "took the complaining witnesses claims as true and credible."
In the report, Sigler says he found the accusers' motives sincere and that he believed Hill, a Republican, had "touched them in a way that was inappropriate."
He says Hill hasn't denied the touching occurred, but that the attorney general said it was incidental in a crowded bar and "not intended to be disrespectful, sexual in nature or rude."
Sigler said Tuesday that he considered misdemeanor battery charges against Hill, but witnesses gave varying accounts of what happened in the Indianapolis bar. Sigler said it would've been difficult to prove any criminal charges against Hill.
Sigler says he believed Hill drank a "significant" amount of alcohol that night, but that prosecuting him would be tough because several weeks passed before the allegations were raised.
Sigler said he didn't see a benefit to a potentially long and expensive prosecution of the Republican attorney general.
Hill has denied the allegations and rejected calls to resign.