INDIANAPOLIS — The Latest on inappropriate touching claims made against Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. (All times local):
The minority leader of the Indiana Senate has joined a number of Democrats calling on Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign over claims that he groped a state lawmaker and three staffers at an Indianapolis bar.
The Republican denies the claims. But Anderson Sen. Tim Lanane says an investigation was taken seriously and the accusations are credible.
He called Hill's alleged behavior "totally reprehensible" and said that the office of attorney general calls for "unquestionable character."
Lanane said Hill can no longer "carry out his role and should resign."
Another Democrat is calling on Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign.
State Rep. Ryan Dvorak, of South Bend, says groping claims made against Hill by a lawmaker and three legislative employees are credible and need to be taken seriously.
Hill has denied the accusations, which were contained in a confidential memo that was leaked publicly. Hill also says he will not resign.
But Dvorak says no lawmaker would lodge such an accusation unless it was true and said Hill needs to step down.
Dvorak, who is a lawyer, also said claims that Hill groped the lawmaker despite her telling him to back off could meet the threshold for a criminal charge.
And he accused Republican leaders of trying to keep the matter quiet.
Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says he has no plans to resign amid accusations that he drunkenly groped a lawmaker in a bar.
The Republican said in a statement Tuesday that he will "continue to honor my commitment to the citizens of this great state."
Hill also lashed out over allegations contained in an eight-page internal legislative memo that was leaked publicly to media outlets, including The Associated Press.
The document details accusations from a lawmaker and three legislative staffers who said Hill inappropriately touched them during a party on the final night of Indiana's legislative session.
Hill called an inquiry into the matter a "prejudicial investigation that is deeply troubling."
He said he was first learned about the investigation on Friday, but was never contacted by an investigator.
Indiana's Democratic Party chairman is urging Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign after he was investigated because four women accused him of inappropriate touching.
Chairman John Zody said the allegations against Hill are "beyond troubling and wildly inappropriate."
Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer says the GOP has "zero tolerance for sexual harassment," but stopped short of calling for Hill's resignation.
Hill's office did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday morning. He previously denied the accusations.
An eight-page memo detailing the accusations states that a lawmaker and three legislative staffers said Hill inappropriately touched them during a party on the final night of Indiana's legislative session.
The Indianapolis Star was the first to report on the memo, which was independently obtained by The Associated Press.