ALBANY, NY (AP) – An attorney investigating allegations that former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo groped a woman asked the judge for more time, stating that a criminal case filed last week by a local sheriff was “potentially defective. “
A request from Albany District Attorney David Soares defies a high-profile case a week after Cuomo was charged with a criminal lawsuit filed by a local sheriff for sexual misconduct.
Soares told Judge Holly Trexler in a letter that his office had been investigating the matter for several months.
“We were at the center of the investigation when the sheriff unilaterally and inexplicably filed a complaint with this court,” Soares wrote in a letter. “Unfortunately, the documents in this case are potentially incomplete because the applicant police officer did not include a victim affidavit so that the People could continue to prosecute these documents.”
A court summons last week required Cuomo to appear for indictment on November 17.
But the court, at the request of the parties, postponed the hearing until January 7, 2022, Albany District Attorney David Soares said in an email.
A call was made to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple to comment on the situation.
In a one-page complaint filed with Albany City Court, Cuomo is accused of violent touching when he slipped his hand under a woman’s shirt on December 7.
The complaint did not mention the woman’s name, but she identified herself as Brittany Commiso, who worked as one of Cuomo’s executive assistants before he stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations in August.
Violent touching is a New York City offense punishable by up to a year in prison, although many first-time offenders have probation or shorter jail sentences.