ALBANY – Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will not face criminal charges for allegedly abusing multiple women he was romantically involved with.
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas on Thursday announced her decision not to prosecute Schneiderman for the alleged abuse, noting she believed the accusers but ran in to "legal impediments" including the statute of limitations that prevented charges.
Singas was put in charge of the investigation into Schneiderman by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in May after the attorney general abruptly resigned in May, hours after The New Yorker detailed graphic accounts from four women who said Schneiderman physically abused them.
"I believe the women who shared their experiences with our investigation team, however legal impediments, including statutes of limitations, preclude criminal prosecution," Singas said in a statement.
In a statement Thursday, Schneiderman, a Democrat, acknowledged his wrongdoing for the first time and said he has since spent time in a rehab facility.
“I recognize that District Attorney Singas’ decision not to prosecute does not mean I have done nothing wrong," he said. "I accept full responsibility for my conduct in my relationships with my accusers, and for the impact it had on them."
Schneiderman continued: "After spending time in a rehab facility, I am committed to a lifelong path of recovery and making amends to those I have harmed. I apologize for any and all pain that I have caused, and I apologize to the people of the State of New York for disappointing them after they put their trust in me.”