INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana lawmaker at the center of groping allegations lodged against Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill has come forward.

Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon published her own account of the March 15 incident, which occurred at an Indianapolis bar, in The (Northwest Indiana) Times newspaper.

She says Hill leaned toward her, put his hand on her back, slid it down and grabbed her buttocks.

The Munster lawmaker says she told Hill to "back off," but he approached her again later in the night, put his hand on her back and said: "That skin. That back."

Candelaria Reardon called on all Indiana residents of "good will" to demand Hill's resignation.

She said she is speaking out now to support other women who have accused Hill of groping them that night.

A group of African American lawmakers in Indiana are joining the call for Hill to resign.

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus said Friday that credible allegations that Hill drunkenly groped a lawmaker and three legislative aides have eroded the public's trust in him. Hill is African-American.

State Rep. Cherrish Pryor, an Indianapolis Democrat who leads the group, said the women should not be subjected to that kind of "unacceptable" behavior

The group praised the women for having the courage to come forward and report Hill's behavior.

Inspector General Lori Torres said Friday that Republican and Democratic leaders asked her to launch an investigation, which she said would be a "full and fair review."

Hill has denied the allegations. But any findings by Torres could lead to criminal charges against him, if the allegations are substantiated.

Democratic and Republican leaders both say they believe the allegations are credible.

The claims made against Hill were included in a confidential legislative memo that was leaked.

It says four women accused Hill of inappropriate touching, including a lawmaker who said he groped her after she had told him to back off for touching her moments earlier.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said in a statement late Thursday that she supports Gov. Eric Holcomb's call for Hill to step down. She says "sexual harassment should never be tolerated."

Secretary of State Connie Lawson also urged Hill to resign, saying in a statement that "Indiana has no tolerance for harassment of any kind."