INDIANAPOLIS — A lawmaker and three legislative staffers have accused Attorney General Curtis Hill of inappropriately touching them during a party on the final night of the legislative session, prompting an investigation by leaders of the Indiana General Assembly.
Hill, a native of Elkhart, served four terms as Elkhart County Prosecutor before being elected to the Attorney General’s seat in November 2016.
Hill denied the allegations in an emailed statement to The Indianapolis Star.
Details of the accusations are outlined in a confidential June 18 memorandum prepared by the Taft Stettinius & Hollister law firm at the request of legislative leaders.
The eight-page memo summarizes interviews that House and Senate leaders or their legal counsel conducted with six women who attended the end-of-session party at AJ’s Lounge, a bar just south of downtown Indianapolis, during the early morning hours of March 15, according to IndyStar.
The memo states a lawmaker said an "intoxicated Hill put his hands on her back, slid them down her back, put them under her clothes and grabbed her buttocks. She told him to 'back off' and walked away, but Hill approached her again later and again reached under her clothing and grabbed her buttocks," the story said.
Three legislative employees also accused Hill of inappropriate touching, including unsolicited back rubs and hugs. Several of the women said they heard Hill tell women at the bar that they needed to “show a little skin” or show more leg if they wanted get free drinks or faster service, the report said.
Hill's office did not respond to interview requests from IndyStar, but in an emailed statement he called the allegations "deeply troubling." He denied the claims, stating "At no time was my behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner."
During his tenure as Elkhart County prosecutor beginning in 2002, Hill gained a reputation as an aggressive prosecutor on drug and violent crimes.
As Indiana Attorney General, Hill has frequently spoken on the drug crisis, urging prevention and treatment, as well as calling for stronger legal enforcement against drug dealers. He is an outspoken opponent of medical marijuana and has weighed in on controversial topics, including the NFL anthem protests.
Hill received his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Indiana University, and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Indiana University School of Law in 1987.
He and his wife have five children.