For­mer NY at­tor­ney gen­eral won’t face sex abuse charges

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Business -

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.

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