Missouri Governor Eric Greitens indicted on invasion of privacy charge


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".

Greitens' attorney, in a separate statement, called the indictment "baseless and unfounded". "My client is absolutely innocent", he said.

The indictment states that on March 21, 2015, Greitens photographed a woman identified only by her initials "in a state of full or partial nudity" without her knowledge or consent.

Greitens posted a statement on Facebook several hours after he was indicted.

Greitens, a Republican, was embroiled in a scandal last month after a local news report alleged he had an affair with a woman and then took compromising photographs of her to use as blackmail. Greitens had acknowledged the affair but denied the blackmail allegation. The law makes it a felony if a person transmits an image or video in such a way that allows access to that image or video via a computer.

Legally, Greitens can continue to serve as governor until he is actually convicted on the charges.

"Republicans are going to say it's politically motivated, but indictment is pretty serious", says Ken Warren, a political scientist at St. Louis University. I know this will be righted soon.

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A number of Republican and Democratic lawmakers had called on him to resign, but Greitens said last month that he would not do so.

Greitens responded to the news on Facebook, saying he "made a personal mistake" but "did not commit a crime". The indictment further states that Greitens transmitted the photograph electronically. Walsh said. "Too often, women in our state and nation are subject to intimidation, threats and even violence at the hands of those in power".

Since becoming governor just over a year ago, Greitens has managed to alienate many legislators, including members of his own party.

Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St.

"The Governor is very confident he will be cleared in any investigation. I am calling on the Honorable Speaker of the House Todd Richardson to immediately begin the impeachment proceedings so that the people of Missouri can move forward".

Senator Jamilah Nasheed - "Gov. Greitens has to go". The people of Missouri deserve no less.