INDIANAPOLIS — A special prosecutor is expected to announce Tuesday whether allegations that Attorney General Curtis Hill groped four women at a capital city bar, including state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, rise to the level of criminal conduct.
Special Prosecutor Daniel Sigler has scheduled a news conference for 9 a.m. Region time at the Marion County prosecutor's office in Indianapolis where he's likely to announce whether he's charging Hill with a crime, seeking a grand jury indictment, or doing nothing.
It's anticipated that any charging decision will be based on the results of a three-month investigation by Indiana Inspector General Lori Torres.
Her findings have not yet been made public.
Hill, a Republican, automatically would lose his office if he's tried and convicted of a felony.
A misdemeanor conviction would not immediately imperil his position as the state's chief law enforcement official, though the Republican-controlled General Assembly still could remove him from office by a two-thirds vote in each chamber.
Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, all called for Hill to resign in July after the women's allegations became public.
The attorney general repeatedly has said he will not resign his office, because Hill insists that he did nothing wrong.
Hill is accused of groping the backs and/or buttocks of four women, including Candelaria Reardon, in the early morning hours of March 15 at A.J's Lounge during a party celebrating the end of the General Assembly's annual session.
He also reportedly made lewd comments to a Republican Senate staffer, and other women waiting to get served at the bar, including, "Ah, come on ladies! You haven't figured out how to get a drink yet? You’ve got to show a little skin!"
Hill's supporters have launched a legal defense fund, dubbed "Fairness for Curtis Hill," that presumably would be tapped if Hill faces criminal charges.
The fund is not legally required to disclose how much it has raised on Hill's behalf.