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It's never OK.

It's never right.

It will not be tolerated.

By adopting a unified voice in this regard, our state's top bipartisan leaders showed true leadership last week in a chorus of solidarity, seeking Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill's resignation.

Indiana House Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, also showed true courage by coming forward as a previously unnamed lawmaker who Hill allegedly groped at an end-of-session legislative party in March.

Her account of the situation can be read on today's Sunday Forum cover on page B1 and is attached to this editorial online.

To be clear, The Times once endorsed Hill for the attorney general’s office in 2016. He appeared to bring a promising air of what we thought to be professionalism to the office.

However, the allegations of the state's top attorney having groped four women during a legislative party earlier this year make his remaining in office untenable.

Hill deserves a chance to defend himself, but not at the expense of the reputation of his office, and the greater Hoosier state.

If he truly wants to serve the Hoosier people, Hill should step aside. These accusations will become too much of a distraction to the people's business and the state's reputation.

For too long, our society accepted as commonplace, in some cases even as acceptable, the unwanted sexual advances of men on women.

This editorial board, made up of two men and three women, is unanimously disturbed and disgusted by anyone, especially one of the state's highest officeholders and officers of the court, who would believe such behavior is acceptable.

At the very least, Hill owes a detailed explanation and answering to these allegations to his constituents.

In today's climate, the damage already is likely irreparable.

Hill should listen to the clamor for resignation, including from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and House Speaker Brian Bosma, leading members of Hill's own Republican Party.

And the leading members of our state, especially those of the GOP and one of the alleged victims, should be congratulated for stepping forth and putting politics aside in decrying unwanted sexual advances in any form.



Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Editor Marc Chase, Deputy Editor Kerry Erickson, Assistant Local News Editor Crista Zivanovic and Regional News Editor Sharon Ross.