WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY – According to reports, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office will not be filing any criminal charges against former Governor Andrew Cuomo over the allegations that surfaced over the summer regarding alleged sexual misconduct while in office.
This development is in spite of the fact that the DA’s office found “credible evidence” that said acts were committed by the disgraced New York governor.
Apparently, criminal charges are not in store for Cuomo’s future, the man who in the height of the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct against him seemingly tried to brush them off this past August because he’s Italian.
Westchester County DA Miriam Rocah on December 28th announcing that no criminal charges are going to be filed against Cuomo regarding two women whom Cuomo allegedly assaulted, citing “statutory requirements” as to why charges cannot be filed.
“Our investigation found credible evidence to conclude that the alleged conduct in both instances described above did occur,” Rocah said. “However, in both instances, my Office has determined that, although the allegations and witnesses were credible, and the conduct concerning, we cannot pursue criminal charges due to the statutory requirements of the criminal laws of New York.”
— DA Mimi Rocah (@WestchesterDA) December 28, 2021
While numerous women came forward with various allegations against Cuomo, these two instances noted in the criminal investigation essentially pertained to unwanted advances in the form of being kissed on the cheek by Cuomo.
Per the statement released by the DA’s office, a woman who was “identified as Trooper 1” in the investigation had alleged that “she asked the Governor if he needed anything and he responded by asking her if he could kiss her.” The woman was “concerned about the ramifications” if she denied Cuomo’s request, so she responded with “sure” and Cuomo “kissed her on the cheek.”
As for the second matter investigated, another woman alleged that “Cuomo grabbed her arm, pulled her toward him and kissed her on the cheek without seeking permission” while Cuomo was greeting the woman “at an event at White Plains High School.”
It seems based upon the conduct outlined and the DA’s office noting “the statutory requirements of the criminal laws of New York” that the incidents don’t quite meet the bar of criminal conduct within the state – a development that is likely going to stir up some strong emotions and reactions.
This announcement of no charges against Cuomo by the Westchester County DA’s Office comes mere days after prosecutors in Nassau County also declined to file criminal charges against the disgraced governor.
Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith said in a statement earlier in December that while their “investigation found the allegations credible” the conduct Cuomo was alleged to have engaged in was “not criminal under New York law.”
Said criminal investigation that took place in Nassau County pertained to a 2019 incident that occurred at the Belmont Racetrack. This particular incident involved an allegation that Cuomo had ran his left hand over a female state trooper’s stomach to her hip.