Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday by a grand jury in St. Louis on one count of invasion of privacy. The indictment relates to an affair and alleged case of blackmail involving the governor which became news last month. From KMOV:
The charge says Greitens knowingly took a photograph of a woman in a “state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent” of that woman. The charge goes on to say the photograph was taken “in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and the defendant subsequently transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer.”
Invasion of Privacy in the 1st Degree is a Class D Felony in Missouri.
“Under Missouri law, the Grand Jury has found probable cause to believe that Governor Greitens violated Missouri State Statute 565.252, which was in place at the time of the violation,” Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said in a statement. “This statute has a provision for both a felony and misdemeanor. The law makes it a felony if a person transmits the image contained in the photograph or film in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer.”
The St. Louis Dispatch adds that Greitens was seen being taken into custody:
About 3:45 p.m., on the first floor of the Carnahan Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, a Post-Dispatch reporter saw Greitens being led down a hallway by several St. Louis city deputies.
Officials later confirmed Greitens was taken into custody and then booked at the St. Louis Justice Center.
According to this report, Greitens has since been released and his attorney is still denying the charges:
— Ariel Rothfield KSHB (@arothfield) February 22, 2018
And here’s the mugshot:
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In January, the married Republican Governor admitted to having an affair with the woman who cut his hair back in 2015 but denied he had attempted to blackmail her.
The entire scandal erupted because the woman’s then-husband (they have since divorced) made a recording of her describing what happened during her first encounter with Greitens. She said in the recording, “He stepped back, I saw a flash through the blindfold and he said: ‘you’re never going to mention my name, otherwise there will be pictures of me everywhere.'” Presumably, the photo she remembers Greitens taking is the one he was indicted for taking.
The woman said Greitens later apologized and claimed he had deleted the photo he took of her. Does the indictment indicate that wasn’t true? Did he upload the photo from his phone to a laptop or some other computer or is this suggesting he posted the photo somewhere to make it available on the internet? Again, all of this is just breaking so some of the details aren’t clear yet.
This CBS News report includes some of the statements the Governor has made as well as a brief portion of an interview with the ex-husband.