NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received’t face legal fees after a feminine state trooper mentioned she felt “utterly violated” through his undesirable touching at an match at Belmont Park in September 2019, a Lengthy Island prosecutor mentioned Thursday.
Performing Nassau County District Lawyer Joyce Smith mentioned in a observation that an investigation discovered the allegations towards Cuomo “credible, deeply troubling, however no longer legal underneath New York regulation.”
Smith began investigating the racetrack come across after it was once detailed in Lawyer Common Letitia James’ August file on sexual harassment allegations towards Cuomo. The file, chronicling accusations from 11 ladies, ended in Cuomo’s resignation from workplace.
A message in quest of remark was once left with Cuomo’s spokesperson.
In line with James’ file, the trooper mentioned Cuomo ran the palm of his left hand throughout her abdomen, to her abdominal button after which to her proper hip, the place she saved her gun, whilst she held a door open for him as he left an match at Belmont Park on Sept. 23, 2019.
The trooper, a member of Cuomo’s safety element, informed James’ investigators that Cuomo’s behavior made her really feel “utterly violated as a result of to me, like that’s between my chest and my privates.”
James’ file mentioned that even if the trooper was once disillusioned through Cuomo’s undesirable touching, she didn’t really feel she may do anything else about it, telling investigators: “I felt utterly violated. However, you realize, I’m right here to do a task.”
The Nassau County investigation was once restricted handiest to the come across at Belmont Park, which is at the county’s border with New York Town. Government in different portions of the state had been taking a look into different allegations in James’ file.
In October, the Albany County sheriff’s workplace filed a misdemeanor groping grievance towards Cuomo, however every week later the district lawyer requested a pass judgement on for extra time to judge the proof, announcing the sheriff’s one-page legal grievance was once “doubtlessly faulty.”
On the prosecutor’s request, a court docket behind schedule Cuomo’s scheduled arraignment till Jan. 7.