Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned in disgrace earlier this year amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
This week, however, a progressive prosecutor described Cuomo’s alleged behavior “concerning” but not illegal in a statement explaining that he will not face criminal charges.
Cuomo’s accusers come forward
Specifically, Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah investigated the allegations of two women who say the then-governor inappropriately kissed them on the cheek.
When the prosecutor’s probe concluded, she indicated that no claims of criminal conduct were established.
One accuser, identified only as “Trooper 1,” was on security detail at Cuomo’s home when he allegedly gave her an unwanted kiss. Although she acknowledged that he asked permission and she granted it, she said it was only because she feared retaliation.
Another accuser claimed that Cuomo grabbed her arm and pulled her toward him before planting a kiss on her cheek without consent during an event at a high school.
— DA Mimi Rocah (@WestchesterDA) December 28, 2021
In a press release, Rocah said that her office could not pursue criminal charges despite the “credible” evidence of his “concerning” actions.
Alleged behavior was not criminal
“However, in both instances, my office has determined that, although the allegations and witnesses were credible, and the conduct was concerning, we cannot pursue criminal charges due to the statutory requirements,” the district attorney said.
New York Attorney General Letitia James had investigated and publicized sexual harassment complaints from numerous women against the former governor, who has maintained his innocence.
A Nassau County prosecutor indicated last week that no charges would be brought against Cuomo regarding a separate incident and a prosecutor in upstate New York called yet another criminal complaint “potentially defective.”
For her part, Rocah went so far as to praise the bravery of the women who came forward against Cuomo, asserting: “We continue to recognize the bravery of the women and witnesses who have cooperated with law enforcement and we remain committed to supporting them and all survivors.”
Despite her unnecessary statement regarding the credibility of the evidence provided against Cuomo, Rocah ultimately determined that the evidence is on the side of the former governor. He might be a deeply disgraced and reviled political figure, but the rule of law still matters.