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INDIANAPOLIS — Yesterday, special prosecutor Dan Sigler decided not to file criminal charges against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, after investigating claims made by four women that he groped them at AJ’s Bar in Indianapolis after the state legislature gaveled out.

Gabrielle McLemore, one of the four accusers, was asked in an interview with WISH-TV if she thinks Hill has gotten away with sexual harassement.

“I don’t think so,” McLemore said. “I think what the reports shows is that they weren’t able to meet the threshold for criminal charges. But, that’s not what we’re doing. We’re looking at this from a civil stand point.

Immediately after Sigler’s announcement Tuesday the four women and their attorney, Hannah Joseph, said they are planning to file a civil suit against Curtis Hill and the state to Indiana.

“Curtis Hill was using state resources to retaliate by calling them liars, questioning their credibility, questioning their motives,” Joseph said. “That kind of retaliation is not permissible under federal and state law.”  

What Joseph refers to is how Hill “retaliated” and responded to the claims made by the four women. In Inspector General Lori Torres’ report, which was release simultaneously with Sigler’s report, she agreed that no criminal charges should be filed.

Torres acknowledged that Hill’s office used state letterhead to respond to the claims, which is technically against state law.

However, Torres notes that this did not meet the threshold for criminal charges since the information used to respond to the claims was not gathered by Hill’s office but his own personal lawyers, who then forwarded the information to Hill’s office which was them made public using state letterhead.

“Neither Hill nor any of the OAG staff engaged in anything more than a de minimis use of state time or property,” Torres said in her report. “Certain de minimis use of state property, such as nonpolitical or non-commercial limited use, is allowable under the OAG Policy that the State Ethics Commission approved.”

“De mininis” is a legal adjective describing something as “too trivial or minor to merit consideration, especially in law.”

Torres also points to Hill’s press conference earlier this year when he first denied the accusations. He said the briefing was done from inside the AG’s office which also falls under the legal definition of using state resources to respond to the claims, but again she listed this a too trivial to pursue legal action.

Joseph said regardless, Hill still violated state law and even though no criminal action will be taken they are aiming to hold Hill accountable through their civil suit which she said will be filed before year’s end.

(PHOTO: WIBC)