Monday, 10 December, 2018

Gov. Eric Greitens indicted for invasion of privacy

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Melinda Barton | 23 February, 2018, 04:25

The Republican governor responded that he made a mistake but committed no crime.

Eric Greitens (R) on Thursday accused the St. Louis Circuit attorney of being a "reckless liberal prosecutor" out to "score political points" after her office announced felony invasion of privacy charges against him.

Image copyright Missouri Governor's Office Image caption A lawyer for the governor says the allegations are politically motivated.

"We will carefully examine the facts contained in the indictment and answer the question as to whether or not the governor can lead our state while a felony case moves forward", they said.

In a statement following the indictment, the Republican governor was defiant and attacked the prosecutor who brought the charge.

In January, the governor and his wife, Sheena, issued a statement acknowledging that he'd been "unfaithful" in his marriage, but denying allegations that he blackmailed the woman so that she would stay quiet. Legislative leaders had previously said they hoped to reduce the cuts.

Greitens has repeatedly said he has not been contacted by law enforcement about the allegations.

"I have been retained by the Greitens team, I'm one of the lawyers now", he said Monday, "and that's about all I know at this stage". Both parties and the people of St. Louis deserve a thorough investigation of these allegations.

There's also been a bi-partisan call for Greitens to resign immediately.

One of his attorneys, Edward Dowd, said in a statement that he plans to file a motion to dismiss the charges. Gardner is a Democrat.

Some groups and individuals began calling for Greitens' resignation last month. But Elena Waskey, spokesperson for the National Governor's Association, said late Thursday that Greitens informed the organization that he would not be attending.

"Gov. Greitens has to go", Nasheed said.

The indictment claims that Greitens "knowingly photographed" a woman identified by her initials "in a state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent" and "in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy", according to CBS-affiliate KMOV.

It further alleges that he transmitted the image "in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer".

The penalty for first-degree invasion of privacy in Missouri is up to four years in prison.

'As I have stated before, it is essential for residents of the City of St. Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders.

Online court records indicate Greitens is due back in court on March 16.