DA moves to drop forcible touching complaint against former Gov. Cuomo

Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace last year amid multiple allegations of inappropriate touching and sexual misconduct.

According to a recent statement by Albany County District Attorney David Soares, however, one such criminal complaint against the ex-governor has been dropped.

“Come forward and bring these issues to light”

The prosecutor requested that charges of forcible touching be dropped because there was insufficient evidence to charge Cuomo.

“While we found the complainant in this case cooperative and credible, after review of all the available evidence we have concluded that we cannot meet our burden at trial,” he said.

Of course, Soares noted that he is “deeply troubled” by the accusations against Cuomo.

“Such conduct has no place in government or in any workplace,” he added. “Although avenues for criminal prosecution in these cases are sometimes limited, I encourage victims of workplace harassment and abuse to continue to come forward and bring these issues to light so that these important discussions can continue.”

Cuomo’s attorneys Michael McDermott and Rita Glavin did not immediately comment on the latest development.

Judge moves to seal Cuomo court records

The former governor did not testify during the hearing in this case. The defense rested on previous evidence and information presented to the court.

In addition to its dismissal, the case was sealed by the presiding judge.

Cuomo is not currently facing any other criminal charges stemming from a probe by New York Attorney General Letitia James, nor does it appear he will be prosecuted in connection with allegations that he sought to downplay the number of COVID-19 deaths among the state’s nursing home population.

Another scandal that marked his final months in the governor’s mansion involved the claim that improperly utilized government resources and personnel to help write a book about his leadership during the early days of the pandemic.

It remains to be seen whether additional allegations against Cuomo on these or any other topics will surface over the coming months — perhaps even resulting in a civil lawsuit. As it stands, however, he appears to have largely faded from public view since bowing to the mounting public pressure to resign.

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