Could Andrew Cuomo go to jail? An Albany City Court issued a summons charging the disgraced former New York governor with misdemeanor forcible touching on Thursday, according to the Albany Times-Union.
The criminal complaint said Cuomo “intentionally, and for no legitimate purpose, forcibly place his hand under the blouse shirt of the victim and onto her intimate body part.”
The Times-Union originally reported that “sources familiar with the matter” said that “no final decision has been made” by either the Albany County Sheriff’s Office or the county District Attorney to “formally file charges” against the Democrat, who resigned from office amid similar allegations in August.
Could Andrew Cuomo Go to Jail?
Sources told the Post that Cuomo “is expected to surrender to authorities sometime next week to be arrested and booked” in an Albany County Jail. But that information has not been confirmed.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares said in a statement after the news broke that he was caught off guard by the announcement.
“Like the rest of the public, we were surprised to learn today that a criminal complaint was filed in Albany City Court by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office against Andrew Cuomo,” the DA said in a statement. “The Office of Court Administration has since made that filing public. Our office will not be commenting further on this case.”
Lawyers for Cuomo’s alleged victim — Brittany Commisso, according to the Times-Union — were also surprised to hear the news.
“It was my client’s understanding that the district attorney’s office was in agreement with the sheriff’s department that it was going to conduct a thorough, impartial and apolitical evaluation of the case, and only after completion of the investigation, speak to my client to allow her to make an informed decision as to whether she would proceed as a victim in the case,” said Commisso’s attorney Brian D. Premo. “Like the district attorney’s office, she was informed about this recent filing through [the] media.”
Former Governor Was Forced to Resign
Andrew Cuomo was forced to resign his position as New York governor in August, after multiple allegations of sexual harassment from former aides undermined his political support in the state legislature.
Among Cuomo’s accusers was Brittany Commisso, who anonymously alleged in March that the then-governor groped her breasts in late 2020. That claim broadly matches the details of the court summons issued Thursday, though the summons does not name any alleged victim.
It’s not clear how the summons was made public without the knowledge of the Albany County District Attorney or Sheriff’s Office.
But that question is sure to arise next month, when law enforcement has confirmed Andrew Cuomo must appear before an Albany city judge.