WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A county prosecutor mentioned Tuesday that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not face felony fees stemming from allegations of undesirable kissing by two girls, considered one of them a state trooper assigned to his element.
Westchester County District Lawyer Mimi Rocah mentioned that whereas there was proof to conclude the conduct the ladies described did happen, the workplace couldn’t pursue felony fees.
“In each situations, my workplace has decided that, though the allegations and witnesses have been credible, and the conduct regarding, we can not pursue felony fees as a result of statutory necessities of the felony legal guidelines of New York,” Rocah mentioned in a press release.
A message searching for remark was left with a spokesperson for Cuomo.
Final week, a Lengthy Island prosecutor mentioned Cuomo would not face felony fees after the identical trooper mentioned she felt “utterly violated” by his undesirable touching at an occasion at Belmont Park in September 2019. Performing Nassau County District Lawyer Joyce Smith mentioned the allegations have been credible and troubling however not felony beneath state regulation.
A report in August by Lawyer Normal Letitia James chronicled accusations from 11 girls towards Cuomo and led to his resignation from workplace, though he has attacked the findings as biased and inaccurate.
In October, the Albany County sheriff’s workplace filed a misdemeanor groping grievance towards Cuomo, however per week later the district legal professional requested a decide for extra time to judge the proof.
The district legal professional mentioned the sheriff’s one-page felony grievance, primarily based on allegations from a girl who mentioned Cuomo slid his hand up her shirt and grabbed her breast on the governor’s mansion in late 2020, was “doubtlessly faulty.”
On the prosecutor’s request, a court docket delayed Cuomo’s scheduled arraignment till Jan. 7.
The alleged Westchester County incident involving the trooper occurred at Cuomo’s house in Mount Kisco, in line with the district legal professional’s workplace. The trooper advised investigators that after she requested the governor if he wanted something, he responded by asking her if he may kiss her.
The trooper was involved about what would occur if she declined, so she advised investigators she answered, “Positive.”
Within the different incident, Cuomo allegedly greeted the lady by grabbing her arm, pulling her towards him and kissing her on the cheek whereas the 2 have been at an occasion at White Plains Excessive College, in line with the district legal professional’s workplace.