Eric Schneiderman

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Ex-NY Attorney General Won't Face Criminal Charges

November 08, 2018 - 11:15 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who resigned earlier this year after he was accused of sexual and physical abuse by four women.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas in May to investigate the allegations, which were detailed in an article in the New Yorker. Each of the alleged victims shared similar accounts, describing Schneiderman’s habit of drinking to excess and then physically abusing them, slapping them in the face and choking them.

In a statement Thursday, Singas said she is concluding the investigation without criminal charges following an "exhaustive review."

Singas said she personally interviewed each of the women. An investigative team also spoke with Schneiderman’s security detail and potential witnesses, and also followed-up on calls that came in to a tip line set up for the case.

"I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team, however legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution," Singas said, adding, "The investigation found no misconduct by Mr. Schneiderman’s staff in the Office of the Attorney General."

Along with her announcement that charges were not going to be brought against the former state attorney general, Singas is now proposing a new state law to fill the gap in a similar case to Schneiderman’s. It would create a misdemeanor charge for anyone who physically injures another person without consent for the purpose of sexual gratification.

In a statement to the New York Times, Schneiderman apologized to the women, said he has spent time in "a rehab facility," and wants to make amends to those he has harmed. He said he understands that Singas' decision to not prosecute him does not mean he did nothing wrong and that he accepts full responsibility.

One of the women who accused Schneiderman is demanding that he donate $8.5 million in campaign contributions to women's shelters and domestic abuse programs.

Free of charges, one question arrises whether Schneiderman will attempt to make a political comeback of some kind, falling in line with several former disgraced New York politicians who’ve run again for higher office.