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Sheriff defends filing misdemeanor complaint against Andrew Cuomo

Randy Mancini 35 October 29, 2021
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple speaks during a news conference at the Albany County Sheriff office after a criminal complaint was filed charging former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo with a misdemeanor sex offense of alleged forcible touching of a former executive assistant Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in New Scotland, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple speaks during a news conference at the Albany County Sheriff’s Office after a criminal complaint was filed charging former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with a misdemeanor sex offense of alleged forcible touching of a former executive assistant Friday, Oct. 29, 2021, in New Scotland, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The Albany County Sheriff defends his decision to file misdemeanor charges against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

On Friday, Sheriff Craig Apple said his office has an “overwhelming amount of evidence” leading him to believe the sexual misconduct allegations against Cuomo are true. The complaint alleged Cuomo forcibly touched a woman under her blouse in December of 2020.

However, Apple said as far as a conviction goes, it’s really going to come down to a jury, judge and the District Attorney’s Office.

“Our investigators have sifted through hundreds of documents, if not thousands, executed several search warrants and interviewed numerous witnesses, including our victim. As a result of all that information, a packet was sent down to Albany City Court for review. As a result of that review, a criminal summons was issued,” said Apple.

Apple said Cuomo is due in Albany City Court on Nov. 17, where he will be processed and assumingly released.

Andrew Cuomo could face an arrest warrant if he doesn't show up for November 17 court date for misdemeanor charge of forcible touching, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says

"It's my hope that he shows up. I don't think he wouldn't." https://t.co/qz9BkdxFLb pic.twitter.com/THiba9dAqZ

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