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Indiana attorney general faces hearing on future as lawyer

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill holds a press conference in South Bend, Ind. Lawyers for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill are trying to block two women from testifying about previous sexual misconduct allegations as he faces claims that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year. The state's attorney disciplinary commission wants the women to testify about Hill's actions when he was the Elkhart County prosecutor before becoming attorney general in 2017. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The professional future of Indiana’s attorney general will be at stake with a state disciplinary hearing that threatens his law license after allegations that he drunkenly groped four women at a bar last year.

A former state Supreme Court justice will open a perhaps weeklong hearing Monday on the professional misconduct complaint against Republican Curtis Hill.

Hill disputes the claims from a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers that he inappropriately touched their backs or buttocks during a party at an Indianapolis bar celebrating the end of the 2018 legislative session.

Hill has rebuffed calls from state leaders to resign. The Indiana Supreme Court will ultimately decide whether to impose a reprimand or any other sanctions on Hill’s law license, which he must have as the state’s top lawyer.