Missouri Governor Eric Greitens indicted by St. Louis Grand Jury

February 22, 2018 - 4:22 pm

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to his affair with a woman in 2015.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the indictment Thursday. She launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016.

The woman told her then-husband, who was secretly taping the conversation, that Greitens took a compromising photo of her at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair. A news release from Gardner says it is a felony if a person transmits an image "in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer."

Senator Rob Schaaf, a Republican from St. Joseph, says the governor should step down.

"He should resign.  It's a huge distraction. And if he doesn't resign, then the House should move to resolve the situation," Schaaf told KMBZ.

The Governor's personal attorney, Edward L. Dowd, Jr., released this statement: 

In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent. We will be filing a motion to dismiss.

Governor Greitens released this statement Thursday evening:

"As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor. I did not commit a crime. With today’s disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. I know this will be righted soon. The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points. I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action. This will not for a moment deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri."

"Sitting Governors don't usually get indicted and certainly not for offenses like invasion of privacy, as its charged by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney," former US Attorney Pat McInerny says.

"It's a pretty extraordinary day here in Missouri."


(The AP contributed to this report)

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