Former NY attorney general won’t face sex abuse charges
NEW YORK – The special prosecutor investigating former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that she couldn’t bring criminal charges over allegations he physically abused women he dated, in part because current state law doesn’t explicitly outlaw such behavior.
In closing the six-month investigation, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas implored lawmakers to pass legislation to criminalize slapping, shoving and other violence committed for sexual gratification.
Singas said she personally interviewed each woman who had accused Schneiderman of assault. Investigators also spoke with members of Schneiderman’s security detail and people who worked for him, she said.
“I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team; however, legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution,” Singas said.