Jan 7, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Albany judge dismisses Andrew Cuomo sex crime charge

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

An Albany judge on Friday dismissed a sex crime charge against former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) after prosecutors requested the move, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Cuomo was charged after a former staffer accused him of forcibly groping her in a 2020 incident. It's one of several sexual misconduct allegations against the former governor, who maintains his innocence but resigned amid the controversy in August.

Details: Albany County District Attorney David Soares said this week that though his office found the complainant "credible," they did not have the evidence necessary for meeting the burden of proof.

  • Albany City Court Judge Holly Trexler granted Cuomo's motion to dismiss and seal the case on Friday.

What they're saying: “This case has now been shown to be what it always was: A blatant political act by an astonishingly unprofessional and rogue sheriff," Rita Glavin, Cuomo's attorney, said in a statement.

  • "As the Governor has said, this simply did not happen. Today, reason and the rule of law prevailed--not politics, rhetoric, or mob mentality," she added.
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