Westchester County District Attorney looking into alleged Cuomo criminal misconduct
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— A downstate District Attorney announced she is looking to see Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed any criminal sexual misconduct while in her jurisdiction.
Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah confirmed her office has requested "investigative materials" from State Attorney General Letitia James’s office. It’s related to James’s investigation that found valid sexual harassment allegations against him from 11 women, many of whom have worked for him.
While Rocah’s statement did not confirm specifically what her office was looking into, a letter obtained by NBC News revealed her office is looking into an alleged incident Cuomo had with a female state trooper while in the county.
The allegation, outlined in James’s 160+ page report, was that Cuomo ran his hand or fingers across her stomach and her back, kissed her on the cheek, asked for her help in finding a girlfriend, and asked why she didn’t wear a dress.
Any police agency or District Attorney may review the report and decide whether to move forward with criminal charges. Women who testified can decide whether to move forward with a civil charge.
One accuser’s groping allegation made its way to the Albany Police Department back in March.
"As this is an ongoing investigation, we will not comment further at this time," Rocah said.
Cuomo remained defiant Tuesday following the investigation’s findings, saying that “the facts are much different than what has been portrayed” and appearing to reject calls to resign.