Cuomo ex-New York governor charged with sex offence

Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo

A criminal complaint charging former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with a misdemeanour sex offence has been filed in a court in Albany, the state’s capital. a spokesman for the New York state courts said on Thursday.

“As this is a sex crime, a redacted complaint will be available shortly,” Lucian Chalfen, a spokesman for the New York state courts said on Thursday via an emailed statement.

A copy of the complaint posted online by NBC’s affiliate station in New York said Cuomo engaged in the misdemeanor offense of “forcible touching” on Dec. 7, 2020, at the governor’s executive mansion by placing “his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim … and onto her intimate body part.”

The complaint goes on to say that Cuomo groped the woman’s breast “for purposes of degrading and gratifying his sexual desires,” but the name of the alleged victim has been redacted.

The New York Post said Cuomo was expected to be arrested next week and charged with a misdemeanor in the alleged groping of a former aide.

It said the anticipated charge resulted from a probe by Albany County District Attorney David Soares, citing a source briefed on the matter.

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Soares’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Cuomo resigned as governor in August after 10-1/2 years in office, following a probe that found he had sexually harassed 11 women.

New York Attorney General Letitia James said a five-month independent investigation concluded that Cuomo had engaged in conduct that violated federal and state laws.

The former Democratic governor has long denied wrongdoing, though he has said he accepted “full responsibility” for what he called ill-conceived attempts to be affectionate or humorous.

Cuomo’s resignation capped a months-long downfall, derailing the political career of a man once considered a possible U.S. presidential contender, and whose daily briefings early in the COVID-19 pandemic raised his national profile.