While the criminal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo are still in their early stages, the Albany County Sheriff announced that an arrest could be made of the allegations prove credible.
When asked if his office would effect that arrest, Sheriff Craig Apple responded with one word, “Absolutely.”
Multiple women have come forward to discuss the interactions they had with the governor. One woman has filed a criminal complaint. The sheriff’s comments were made regarding that particular case.
All of these allegations are making headlines after the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, announced last Monday that an independent investigation conducted by her office found that Governor Cuomo had sexually harassed the women who made the allegations.
Her statement said, in part, “This is a sad day for New York because independent investigators have concluded that Governor Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women and, in doing so, broke the law.”
Given that the state AG’s office conducted the investigation, they will not be able to bring Cuomo up on charges.
Pending the investigation by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, and criminal proceedings will be in the hands of the Albany County District Attorney David Soares.
His office released a statement last Tuesday.
“We will be formally requesting investigative materials obtained by the AG’s Office, and we welcome any victim to contact our office with additional information.”
Of that criminal investigation, Sheriff Apple said, “I’m not going to rush it because of who he is, and I’m not going to delay it because of who he is.
We are going to conduct a very comprehensive investigation, and when the facts and all of the data and the evidence is compiled, we will make a decision at that point.”
Cuomo has denied all allegations against him and has issued apologies to all the women involved for any misunderstanding of his intentions and actions.
Referring to a taped statement Cuomo made, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “He said his actions had been misconstrued, his words misunderstood. He said it was cultural: He hugs, he kisses, he says ‘Ciao, bella.’ He said it was generational: Sometimes he lapses into ‘honey’ or ‘sweetheart’ or tells bad jokes,” referring to Cuomo’s taped statement.