Hearing officer recommends 60-day suspension for AG Curtis Hill

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, R-Ind. (official photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A hearing officer appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to look into accusations Attorney General Curtis Hill inappropriately touched women at a party is recommending his suspension.

In a report filed Friday, the officer concluded AG Hill committed the criminal act of battery.

The officer found AG Hill did not commit sexual battery.

As part of the conclusion of the report, the officer stated:

"Respondent's conduct was offensive, invasive, damaging and embarrassing to Brock, Reardon, Lozano and DaSilva. As Attorney General, he used his state office staff and others to engage in a public campaign to defend himself and intimidate the complainants."

The hearing officer said she didn't feel any assurance that AG Hill would not repeat this behavior. That he "appears more concerned with his political and professional reputation than with addressing the charges."

Hill is accused of inappropriately touching women at a party celebrating the end of the legislative session in March 2018.

In December, a disciplinary commission recommended AG Hill's law license be suspended for at least two years. The hearing officer considered that and AG Hill's arguments in making her recommendation of a 60-day suspension.

The Indiana Supreme Court will get the final say on what punishment Hill faces, if any.

Hill just recently launched his campaign for re-election.

Filed under: