Fmr. NY governor Cuomo charged with misdemeanor sex crime

The former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been charged with a misdemeanor sex offense. The move came after Cuomo resigned in August following the release of a report concluding that he had engaged in sexual misconduct.

A spokesperson for the New York state courts announced on Thursday that a criminal complaint charging the former governor was filed by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office with a court in the county.

The complaint said that Cuomo had allegedly engaged in the misdemeanor offense of “forcible touching” a woman under her blouse at the governor’s executive mansion in Albany last December.

The document did not disclose the name of the woman. It said Cuomo did so for purposes including gratifying his sexual desires.

Cuomo’s lawyer denied his wrongdoing, saying in a statement that the filing of the complaint by the sheriff’s office “is not professional law enforcement; this is politics.”

Cuomo stepped down as governor in August following an investigative report that found he had sexually harassed women, including current and former state government workers. He denied that he had harassed anyone, but said he was offering his resignation so as not to disrupt the state government.

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