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Disgraced Former NY Governor Cuomo Charged With Groping Former Aide

Andrew Cuomo is being charged with allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female former aide.

Even though it was a misdemeanor this criminal case is still the most serious accusation against Cuomo since his resignation.

The New York Post first reported this story on Thursday.

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New York Post: ‘If Convicted As Charged, Cuomo Would Have To Register As A Sex Offender’

Cuomo was sworn in as governor on August 11th after 11 women had made allegations about him. This is the first criminal prosecution that has ever been brought against Cuomo.

The New York Post reported, “Cuomo is expected to surrender to authorities sometime next week to be arrested and booked, sources said.”

“If convicted as charged, Cuomo would have to register as a sex offender and a judge would decide on his likely risk of committing another sex crime,” the Post noted. “If he were deemed to pose a moderate or high risk to the community, his photograph, name, address and other information would be posted online.”

 A spokesman for the New York State court system, Lucian Chalfen, confirmed that a complaint had been filed.

“A misdemeanor complaint was filed in Albany City Court against the former governor this afternoon,” Chalfen said in his statement. “As this is a sex crime, a redacted complaint will be available shortly.”

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Cuomo Attorney Denies Charge, Calls It ‘Politics’

Cuomo’s attorney Rita Glavin released a statement denying the charge.

Cuomo “has never assaulted anyone,” Glavin insisted. “This is not professional law enforcement; this is politics,” Glavin also said.

New York state Attorney General Letitia James, whose probe findings are what prompted Cuomo to eventually step down, said in a statement on Thursday, “The criminal charges brought today against Mr. Cuomo for forcible touching further validate the findings in our report.”

It was reported earlier this week that James will announce her run for Governor.

Some observers think it’s no coincidence that James would run for governor after effectively bringing down Cuomo. 

Of the news that James plans to run, Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said, “Oh I’m sure that decision was made around August or so.”

 

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