Missouri governor indicted on invasion of privacy charge

Missouri governor indicted on invasion of privacy charge

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was briefly taken into custody on Thursday after being indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge in connection with an extramarital affair and a blackmail allegation involving the Republican politician, officials said. But invasion of privacy charges are hard to make stick.

According to court documents, Greitens allegedly took a nude photograph of a woman without her knowledge or consent back in March 2015. Greitens was scheduled to travel to Washington this weekend for an annual meeting of the nation's governors.

In 2015, the woman told her husband, who was secretly taping the conversation, that Greitens took the compromising photo of her at his home and threatened to use it as blackmail if she spoke about the affair.

Investigators working with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office reached out to a number of lawmakers in Jefferson City in the on-going investigation into allegations against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, News 4 reported last week.

House Minority Leader Gail Beatty (D-Kansas City) said Greitens should consider resigning.

Greitens' 2019 budget proposed giving higher education institutions $92 million less than originally budgeted for the 2018 fiscal year.

Dowd's motion to dismiss doesn't specifically deny the allegation that Greitens took the photo.

Greitens said he made mistake but "did not commit a crime".

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"In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this".

Greitens' legal team immediately filed a motion to dismiss the indictment, on grounds that any activity Greitens engaged in was "consensual".

Greitens, a former U.S. Navy SEAL, said in joint statement with his wife last month that he had been unfaithful in their marriage and his wife had forgiven him.

"It will be extremely hard for the governor to effectively do his job with a felony indictment hanging over his head", she said in a statement. With today's disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded.

Gardner, a Democrat, was working against a deadline, with a three-year statute of limitations on the charge due to run out next month. The House has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings against a governor.

KEVIN MCDERMOTT and ROBERT PATRICK write for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Lee Enterprises sister publication of The Southern.

On Thursday, GOP state Sen.

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