Disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has just been let off the hook for one of several instances of alleged sexual misconduct.
The Daily Caller reports that prosecutors have decided not to charge Cuomo with sexual assault after a woman serving as a New York state trooper said he groped her, leaving her feeling “completely violated.”
Cuomo under fire
The state trooper’s identity has not been made public. In court documents, she has been referred only to as “Trooper #1.”
According to the Daily Caller, Cuomo is said to have met the trooper in November 2017. He soon had her transferred to the Protective Services Unit (PSU) of New York State Police, which is in charge of providing protection for the governor.
According to a report from New York Attorney General Letitia James dated Aug. 3, the move came despite the fact that Trooper #1 didn’t have the required experience to make such a transfer. But that’s not the worst of it.
On one occasion detailed in the August report, Cuomo is said to have run “his hand across her stomach, from her belly button to her right hip, while she held a door open for him at an event.”
On another occasion, the report said, Cuomo ran “his finger down her back, from the top of her neck down her spine to the middle of her back, saying ‘hey, you,’ while she was standing in front of him in an elevator.”
According to the Daily Caller, Cuomo was also said to have kissed “her (and only her) on the cheek in front of another Trooper and asking to kiss her on another occasion, which she deflected.”
Trooper #1 told James’ investigative team that she found Cuomo’s actions “creepy” and “flirtatious” and that she tried to figure out how to “say no politely.”
A look ahead
Despite the nature of the crimes, Joyce Smith, the acting Nassau County District Attorney, announced this week that charges will not be brought against Cuomo. According to ABC News, she said the allegation was “credible” and “deeply troubling,” but that it was “not criminal under New York law.”
“It is important to note that our investigation was limited to alleged conduct at Belmont Racetrack, and prosecutors in other jurisdictions continue to review other allegations of misconduct by Mr. Cuomo,” Smith added in a statement, according to the Daily Caller. “We thank the brave individuals who came forward and cooperated with our office during this investigation.”
Indeed, it looks like Cuomo may have gotten away with it this time — but there’s still a chance that other criminal charges could be forthcoming. Only time will tell.