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7/5/2018 7:26:00 PM
Gov. Eric Holcomb, top state Republicans call for AG Curtis Hill to resign

Lindsey Erdody, Indianapolis Business Journal

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the state’s top two Republican lawmakers are calling on Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign after allegations that he groped four women at a bar in March.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) and Senate Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) released a joint statement Thursday evening saying they believe the state lawmaker and legislative staffers who have accused Hill of inappropriately touching them.

“We do not believe that Curtis Hill, as chief law enforcement officer of the State of Indiana, can continue to perform his duties, nor should he, and we call for his immediate resignation,” Bosma and Long said in the joint statement. “We have further requested that the Indiana Inspector General thoroughly investigate these allegations. Sexual harassment is unacceptable at any time, in any place. It makes no difference that these incidents did not occur in a workplace environment.”

Holcomb released a statement minutes after that, concuring with Bosma and Long.

“Four women had the courage to step forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana Attorney General,” Holcomb’s statement said. “The findings of the recent legislative report are disturbing and, at a minimum, show a violation of the state’s zero tolerance sexual harassment policy. I concur with Sen. Long and Speaker Bosma that Attorney General Hill should resign, and I support a thorough investigation by the state’s Inspector General.”

Long and Bosma said that if Hill worked for them, he would have already been fired.

“Because we cannot terminate his employment, we ask instead for him to own up to his actions, apologize publicly to the victims, and tender his resignation immediately,” Long and Bosma said in the joint statement.

Hill has denied the allegations and said earlier this week that he would not resign.

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