A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney's office said Thursday. He has been officially charged with felony invasion of privacy.
Greitens photographed a woman identified as K.S., who was fully or partially nude, without her knowledge or consent in a place where she could expect privacy, according to the indictment and Gardner's spokeswoman Susan Ryan.
The woman said Greitens later apologized and claimed he had deleted the photo he took of her.
The incident referenced reportedly happened with his former hairdresser back in 2015, before he was elected governor.
Greitens, 43, was taken into custody around 3:45 p.m. and booked at the St. Louis Justice Center.
In an emailed comment, an attorney for Greitens, Edward Dowd, Jr. said, "in forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this".
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis on a felony invasion of privacy charge
Authorities launched an investigation last month after the allegations surfaced. But I know politics - and I can guarantee you Greitens' chances of surviving this mess just went way down.
"As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was governor", he said. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. "We will begin the process of tasking a group of legislators to investigate these serious charges". "My client is absolutely innocent", he said.
The details of the report were provided to a St. Louis CBS affiliate by the woman's ex-husband, who told the station that there was "no worse person" than Greitens.
Greitens appeared to have weathered the initial furor caused by KMOV's first report of the affair and the allegations in January. "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".
Lawmakers have called on Greitens to resign in the wake of the scandal, but so far he's refused.
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