On Thursday, disgraced former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was charged with a “sex crime,” specifically the Class A misdemeanor of “forcible touching.”
The misdemeanor criminal complaint alleges that Cuomo “did intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim…and onto her intimate body part…specifically, the victims [sic] left breast for the purposes of degrading and satisfying his sexual desire.”
“The incident allegedly took place on the afternoon of Dec. 7 on the second floor of the Executive Mansion, the governor’s official residence,” the New York Post noted. “The name of the alleged victim was redacted from the complaint but the allegations line up with those made by former Cuomo aide Brittany Commisso, 33.”
“The complaint charges Cuomo with forcible touching, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail,” the New York Post added. “The alleged evidence against him includes a text message from Cuomo’s cell phone, state police aviation records for Dec. 7 and news reports of a press conference that day, state police Blackberry PIN messages, swipe card records from the state Capitol, and Commisso’s testimony to the Attorney General’s Office.”
In August, Cuomo resigned after an independent investigation found he had “sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees.”
The scandal began in December when the first of 11 women accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct. The women, who were mostly employees of his, said Cuomo engaged in sexually aggressive behavior including non-consensual kissing, groping, inappropriate invitations to play strip poker and comments about their sex lives.
The independent investigation found that “the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women.”