Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says a special prosecutor will be appointed to investigate claims of sexual improprieties against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. During a news conference Tuesday, Curry said he filed a motion for a special prosecutor because having his office conduct the investigation would create a conflict of interest.
Curry says, by law, the attorney general is required to represent any prosecutor who has been sued in a civil action. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office is currently being represented by Hill in two such cases.
"We are a client of the attorney general’s office and it would be entirely inappropriate for our office to then turn around and participate in a criminal investigation of the attorney general," Curry said. "When the information came to light last week, I had no doubt whatsoever that we could not be involved in any criminal investigation. I conferred with others within our office who agreed. I conferred with the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council who agreed that it would be inappropriate for us to serve in that capacity and, most importantly, the Marion County Criminal Court agreed by entering an order that it would appoint a special prosecutor."
Curry says that he has facilitated contact between the Indiana Inspector General’s office and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit, in the event that the inspector general requests assistance from IMPD. The prosecutor added that he has no additional information regarding the allegations against Hill beyond what has been reported in the media.
Hill is accused of groping State Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon (D-12) and sexually harassing several legislative staffers in March. Hill requested an independent investigation from the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, citing a lack of due process following an investigation from the Indiana legislature and calls for his resignation from multiple high-profile political officials, including Governor Eric Holcomb.
At a news conference Monday morning, Hill continued to deny the allegations.