A northwest Indiana lawmaker has penned a column identifying herself and detailing her accusations against state Attorney General Curtis Hill.
In an op-ed published by the Northwest Indiana Times, State Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon said the incident happened on March 15, as lawmakers and others gathered to mark the end of the legislative session.
Reardon, a Democrat, writes: "I am not anonymous. I am a wife, mother, business owner and a state representative. am also a victim of sexual battery, perpetrated by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill."
She explained what she claims took place during the end-of-session event, and notes that she intended to address the matter directly with Hill. That changed, she said, when she learned of other alleged victims.
"I realized that this was bigger than me, and I had an obligation to report it to our House leadership, to protect these women and any others, from Curtis Hill’s deviant conduct. These young women came to Indianapolis to be mentored and taught professional conduct, not to be assaulted.
"I reported the deviant conduct to the Democrat leader, and together we went to Speaker Brian Bosma. I appreciate the earnestness with which Republican and Democrat legislative leaders launched an investigation into these independent incidents. They interviewed six women independently, and hired an independent law firm to investigate as well."
The Republican leaders of both the House and Senate, along with Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, are calling on Hill, who is also a Republican, to resign. Indiana's inspector general on Friday said his office will investigate the claims of misconduct.
AG Hill has also released his own statement, which is as follows:
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