INDIANAPOLIS — Less than three weeks after learning he would not be criminally charged for allegedly groping four women at a capital city bar, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has been chosen to lead the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Hill will serve as vice chairman of the national organization that raises money and works to elect Republicans to the office of attorney general in all 50 states.

The new chairman is Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is awaiting trial after being indicted in 2015 for felony securities fraud.

"The chief law enforcement officer has a primary responsibility to protect the people," Hill said. "I'm proud to stand with Ken and the rest of my colleagues in working to elect more Republican AGs who will protect our communities and stand for the rule of law."

Last month, a special prosecutor declined to charge Hill with a crime despite an investigation by Indiana Inspector General Lori Torres that found Hill touched the backs or buttocks of four women, without their consent, after Hill had been drinking at a legislative party.

The women, including state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, and three legislative staffers of both political parties, are preparing to file a civil lawsuit against Hill, his office and the state for what they describe as Hill's unwelcome and illegal conduct.

"I continue to believe that Curtis Hill is not fit to serve the people of Indiana as attorney general based upon his conduct," Reardon said. "His involvement in other organizations is not my concern."

Hill has maintained he did nothing wrong. He's also repeatedly echoed Republican President Donald Trump in condemning the "guilty until proven innocent" standard he says is lately applied to alleged perpetrators of sexual misconduct.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Republican leaders of the Indiana House and Senate have called on Hill to resign.

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