RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (CNN) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s attorney is asking Suffolk County’s sheriff to preserve all records related to an ongoing investigation, which led to the indictment of an aide accused of sexual abuse.
A former Cuomo administration official appeared in court Monday, accused of groping a woman and taking her cellphone.
Dan McCoy, the sheriff of Suffolk County, New York, asked the governor’s office to preserve all of his records from May 16 through July 13 as part of an ongoing investigation.
McCoy told reporters Monday he did not believe the case had anything to do with the governor.
“I don’t have any reason whatsoever to believe it is connected to the governor’s office,” McCoy said.
A senior Cuomo administration official said there was no evidence linking the governor’s office to the investigation. The source said McCoy asked the governor’s office to keep records related to the probe for the prosecutor’s office and not to be disclosed to the public.
The governor’s office said it was fully cooperating with the investigation.
“Like many in government, the governor is monitoring the investigation of allegations relating to events that occurred in his office,” the official said. “The governor’s office is cooperating fully with this investigation.”
The official added that it was a sensitive and sensitive time for the people involved and for the governor’s office. “This is no time for us to comment or respond to untrue allegations from the press,” the official said.
The woman who came forward, Kayla Evemiliano, claims she was groped by Michael Percoco, a former aide to Cuomo, on May 16 and 17, 2016.
Percoco, 44, has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial, set for September 10.
The woman filed a civil lawsuit alleging she was violated by Percoco.
The attorney representing Evemiliano could not be reached for comment on Monday.
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