Indiana attorney general could lose law license over allegations of groping

Indiana attorney general could lose law license over allegations of groping
The attorney general of Indiana will face a hearing to determine whether he can keep his law license after a  professional misconduct complaint alleged he groped four women at a bar while drunk last year.
 
Attorney General Curtis Hill's (R) disciplinary hearing starts Monday and could last a week. It may result in his law license being revoked, which would make him unable to be the attorney general, The Associated Press reported Saturday. 
 
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Hill denies the allegations from one state lawmaker and three staffers who say the attorney general touched their backs or buttocks during an Indianapolis party for the end of the 2018 legislative session. He will testify at the hearing, according to the AP.
 
The women — Niki DaSilva, Samantha Lozano, Gabrielle McLemore and state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon (D) — filed a lawsuit against Hill in June, saying the reporting procedures do not "adequately protect" employees.
 
The suit alleges Hill put his hands under Candelaria Reardon's clothes and grasped her buttocks and that he grabbed the buttocks of another legislative staffer. The lawsuit also alleges he inappropriately touched other staffers and told women at the party they needed to "show a little skin" to get faster service at the bar, the AP reported.
 
Hill's attorneys have written that he attorney general "has an engaging personality and often physically interacted with others," according to the AP.
 
Several lawmakers have called for the attorney general to resign, including Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), state House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) and state Senate Majority Leader David Long (R).
 
After the hearing, former state Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby will have a week to report her findings and recommendations. Hill, whose term lasts through 2020, could see a reprimand, temporary suspension or permanent removal of his law license, according to the AP.
 
The Indiana Attorney General's Office deferred to Hill's personal lawyer when asked for comment. The Hill reached out to two of the defense attorneys, one of whom said they will not answer media questions during the trial.
 
This report was updated on Oct. 21 at 3:09 p.m.