INDIANAPOLIS — If the Indiana inspector general's investigation of alleged sexual misconduct by Attorney General Curtis Hill warrants criminal charges, the case will be filed and pursued by a soon-to-be-appointed special prosecutor.
Inspector General Lori Torres, who typically refers cases of state employee malfeasance to the capital city prosecutor, is investigating whether Hill groped four General Assembly employees of both political parties, including state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, at an Indianapolis bar following the March 15 adjournment of the General Assembly's annual session.
Marion Superior Judge Lisa Borges on Tuesday granted a request by Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry to have a special prosecutor handle any criminal matters involving Hill as a defendant to avoid the appearance of impropriety.
Curry, a Democrat, explained to reporters that the Republican attorney general currently is representing the prosecutor's office in two high-profile lawsuits involving challenges to Indiana's civil forfeiture statute and the state's recently enacted abortion "complications" reporting mandate.
"By law, the attorney general is required to represent any prosecutor who has been sued in a civil action," Curry said.
"We are a client of the attorney general's office, and it would be entirely inappropriate for our office then to turn around and participate in a criminal investigation of the attorney general."
Curry said he had no information about the alleged incident other than what he's read in press reports.
But he said he's "facilitated contact between the inspector general's office and the sex crimes unit of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, should the inspector general seek the assistance of IMPD in her investigation."
The attorney general has denied any wrongdoing. He's repeatedly rejected calls for his resignation from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Republican leaders of the Indiana House and Senate.
Hill also has said he doubts the inspector general's investigation will be fair, since she is a Holcomb appointee.