Grand Jury Indicts Missouri Governor Who Admitted Affair

Joanna Estrada
February 24, 2018

His statement concluded, "I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action".

Mr. Greitens, a first-term Republican, photographed a person without their knowledge or consent in 2015, according to charging documents released by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office.

Greitens previously has denied that he photographed the woman, but did acknowledge the affair, which occurred before he ran for governor.

All of this reportedly went down in 2015, and Greitens reportedly used the image to guarantee the woman's silence, but she told her husband, who released audio of that conversation to the press.

After the allegations first emerged in January, the Republican Jewish Coalition said that it stood by Greitens, who is the state's first Jewish governor. She was convicted of a misdemeanor for backdating her son's candidacy paperwork for a state House seat, then later impeached by the House and removed by the state Supreme Court.

He's accused of taking a photograph of a woman in a state of full or partial nudity without her consent. In unprecedented fashion, the Circuit Attorney circumvented the local police force and hired her own investigators - we attempted to meet with the Circuit Attorney and make the Governor available to discuss the issues.

Amid the furor, Greitens dismissed the accusations against him in a statement.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican, said he was shocked by the indictment and called it "certainly serious", but said he needed time to review it before weighing in on whether the governor should step down.

Hours after a St. Louis grand jury indicted him for felony invasion of privacy, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens shot back at the city's top prosecutor.

Court documents show he's scheduled to face a judge on March 16. No further details about the hearing were released. Gardner came to politics after serving as a prosecutor in the circuit attorney's office under her predecessor, Jennifer Joyce, from 2005 to 2010.

Democratic Rep. Deb Lavender said she found out about Greitens' indictment when she was in a meeting and multiple phones started ringing at once.

House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty said Thursday that Greitens should consider resigning.

"It will be extremely hard for the governor to effectively do his job with a felony indictment hanging over his head", she said.

In Missouri, indictment proceedings would begin in the state House. Richardson had no immediate comment.

The woman alleges he then taped her hands, blindfolded her, took a partially nude photo of her and then warned her to stay quite about the sexual encounter.

His attorney Edward Dowd Jr. called the criminal charges "baseless and unfounded" and said Greitens is innocent.

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.

His lawyer quickly filed a request for dismissal of the case, saying the relationship with the woman was consensual.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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