Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Indicted On Invasion Of Privacy Charge

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Indicted On Invasion Of Privacy Charge

Missouri Republican Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday by a St. Louis grand jury on a felony invasion of privacy charge, according to a news release from Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.

The alleged offense happened before a January 1, 2017 change to the criminal code (a D felony is now up to seven years), so the max prison time Greitens faces is four years in the Department of Corrections.

Court documents accuse Greitens of knowingly photographing an unidentified person in a state of partial or full nudity without consent and when the victim would have had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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The indictment relates to an affair and alleged case of blackmail involving the governor which became news last month. He said Greitens took a nude photo of his wife and threatened to use it as blackmail.

The charge reportedly stems from an incident that occurred in March 2015.

A reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said he saw Greitens being led away in custody at the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis on Thursday. Greitens admitted to the affair, but denied the allegations of blackmail. I know this will be righted soon. "My client is absolutely innocent", he said.

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One of his attorneys, Edward Dowd, said in a statement that he plans to file a motion to dismiss the charges. "If the Prosecuting Attorney has a legal conflict or lacks the resources to pursue an investigation, he or she may seek assistance from the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Attorney General's Office".

Senate Democratic leader Gina Walsh issued a statement connecting allegations against Greitens to the nationwide conversation on sexual harassment. She said in the recording, "He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said: 'you're never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere.'" Presumably, the photo she remembers Greitens taking is the one he was indicted for taking.

Republican state Rep. Nate Walker, an early Greitens supporter, was among five GOP legislators who called on Greitens to resign last month.

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