Indiana AG Curtis Hill “welcomes” special prosecutor in groping case

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Curtis Hill is sworn in as Indiana's attorney general by Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush on a bible held by his wife, Teresa, during an inaugural ceremony Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for Republican Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill say he “welcomes” the appointment of a special prosecutor to help investigate allegations that he drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative staffers.

Attorneys James Voyles and Jennifer Lukemeyer issued a statement Wednesday saying they’ll “fully cooperate” with Fort Wayne attorney Daniel Sigler as he reviews the state inspector general’s eventual findings and determines whether Hill should face criminal charges.

A Marion County judge on Tuesday appointed Sigler, a Democrat who also was the special prosecutor who won then-Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White’s conviction on voter fraud charges in 2012.

Hill is accused of groping the women at an Indianapolis bar in March. The Republican has denied the allegations and rejected calls to resign from the Republican governor and legislative leaders.

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