Missouri governor indicted on invasion of privacy charge

Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 22, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis on a felony invasion of privacy charge. 

The St. Louis City Attorney's Office confirmed Greitens was taken into custody by police in St. Louis. NBC station KSDK reports in St. Louis reports that a judge granted his release. 

Court documents accuse Greitens of knowingly photographing an unidentified person in a state of partial or full nudity without consent and when the victim would have had a reasonable expectation of privacy. The incident allegedly occurred on March 21, 2015.

If convicted, Greitens could face up to four years in prison. 

Last month, Greitens admitted to having an affair with a woman in March 2015.




That comes after the woman's ex-husband publicly accused Greitens of the affair. He also accused Greitens of blackmailing his wife with a photo he took of her.

Greitens has repeatedly denied the blackmail allegations.

In a statement, Greitens's attorney, Edward L. Dowd, Jr. said he intended to file a motion to dismiss the charges. 

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