Former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Won’t Face Criminal Charges After Sexual Assault Allegations

Eric T. Schneiderman, the former state attorney general, at a news conference in 2016. He resigned in May after some of his romantic partners accused him of assault.
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After a six-month investigation, prosecutors said Thursday that they would not pursue criminal charges against Eric T. Schneiderman, the former New York State attorney general who resigned in May after four women accused him of assaulting them.

The decision not to file charges was announced in a statement issued by Madeline Singas, the Nassau County district attorney, who was asked by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to investigate the case shortly after Mr. Schneiderman left his post.

Ms. Singas said the women who accused Mr. Schneiderman of abuse were credible, but there were legal hurdles to bringing charges. She did not elaborate on those obstacles, except to say some of the accusations were too old to pursue under state law.

“I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team,” Ms. Singas wrote, “however legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution.”

Ms. Singas added that she had proposed a new state law that would protect victims of sexually-motivated violence by making it illegal to hit, shove, slap or kick someone without their consent for “the purpose of sexual arousal or gratification.”

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SOURCE: NY Times, Alan Feuer