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Tuesday, July 10, 2018 11:20 am

Young wants prosecutor to investigate harassment claims against Indiana attorney general

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

U.S. Sen. Todd Young called Tuesday for the Marion County prosecutor to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.

Prosecutor Terry Curry "needs to open an investigation. Charges need to be filed if in fact they confirm what all the reporting of that legislative investigation has indicated," Young, R-Ind., said in a conference call with news media.

"These are horrible acts, and they undermine public trust," Young said. "We need to be held to a higher standard as elected officials."

State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon, D-Munster, and three General Assembly aides have accused Hill, a Republican, of groping them at an Indianapolis bar in March. Their claims were made public last week after media obtained an internal eight-page legislative memo on the matter – prompting Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and legislative leaders of both parties to urge Hill to resign.

Hill himself has requested that Curry, a Democrat, investigate the allegations against him. At a Monday news conference where he took no questions, Hill said the sexual misconduct allegations are "vicious and false" and that he does not intend to resign.