Former Governor Andrew Cuomo has been accused of groping an aide inside the executive mansion. The charge is part of a criminal complaint brought against the embattled politician who was not-that-long ago considered to be one of the most powerful Democrats in the U.S.
The complaint was filed in Albany city court based on the account of roughly 12 women who accused the former governor of sexual harassment.
It all led to his resignation in August.
Will Governor Cuomo be charged with a crime?
Attorney Leslie Silva says that would be the next step. However, it’s not entirely clear if that will take place.
Investigating authorities, such as the Albany County District Attorney and Albany County Sheriff’s Office can keep investigations going.
“Forcible touching which is intentionally touching someone for sexual gratification or some other nefarious purpose,” Silva explained.
Will Governor Cuomo be arrested?
Silva explains that, yes, it would be part of the process.
“They are going to give him the opportunity to turn himself in at which point he will be formally arrested,” Silva continued. “From there he will be given a notice to appear in court and then he will be formally arraigned.”
Forcible touching is listed on the sex offender eligible crimes. Will Governor Cuomo have to register as a sex offender? That remains unlikely, even if charged.
Mainly because of the possibility that a settlement would be reached before the case heads to a jury trial.
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