Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens Indicted On Felony Invasion Of Privacy Charge

Carrie Guzman
February 23, 2018

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said.

The allegation was put forward by the husband of Greitens' lover, based on a surreptitious audio recording he made of a conversation with her.

Missouri Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D- St Louis) is calling for the impeachment process to begin.

There was nothing in the initial allegation to indicate that Greitens ever followed through on the alleged threat to disseminate the photo, and in fact the woman said later in the secretly recorded conversation that he'd later told her he'd erased it. There were accusations he had threatened to blackmail the other woman in question by releasing nude photos of her unless she kept quiet about the affair.

Greitens' attorney, in a separate statement, called the indictment "baseless and unfounded".

In January Mr Greitens acknowledged the affair, saying he had made "a personal mistake" and was "sorry for the pain it caused to everyone impacted". With today's disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken.

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A lawyer for the unnamed man also alleges his then wife was slapped by Mr Greitens during a 2015 encounter in hospital as Mr Greitens' own wife was giving birth. But I know politics - and I can guarantee you Greitens' chances of surviving this mess just went way down.

"In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this", Dowd said.

The indictment charges him with felony invasion of privacy, stating that he "knowingly photographed [the woman] in a state of full or partial nudity" without her consent, where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

In a news release, Gardner noted that Missouri law includes provisions for invasion of privacy charges to be brought either as a misdemeanor or a felony and that the law includes a three-year statute of limitations. My client is absolutely innocent.

Greitens emerged the victor in a crowded and expensive GOP primary before defeating the state's attorney general, Democrat Chris Koster, in the November 2016 election to give Republicans control of the governor's mansion for the first time in eight years.

Mike Kehoe, the second-ranking Republican in the Missouri Senate, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he was shocked by the news.

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