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Missouri GOP Governor Just Got Indicted On Felony Charges: Report

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Missouri GOP Governor Just Got Indicted On Felony Charges: Report

A Missouri grand jury has indicted Governor Eric Greitens on felony charges after allegedly taking compromising photos of a woman, authorities revealed Thursday.

The indictment was announced by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office Thursday afternoon, the USA Today reports.

Less than an hour after the indictment was made public, Edward L. Dowd Jr., an attorney with the Dowd Bennett law firm representing Greitens, responded that he would be moving to dismiss the charge.

“In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this,” Dowd said in a statement. “The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent.”

Greitens admitted Jan. 10 that he had an affair with a woman who was cutting his hair. He has denied the woman’s claim — apparently recorded without her knowledge in March 2015 by her ex-husband — that he allegedly tied her up, photographed her and threatened to release the image if she spoke of their affair.

Court documents claim that Greitens “knowingly photographed the woman in a state of full or partial nudity without the knowledge and consent of (the woman) and in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, and (Greitens) subsequently transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image by a computer,” the indictment says.

While the governor had denied the blackmail allegations, he has never given a “yes” or “no” on the question of whether he photographed the woman.

In previous comments, Greitens had said he made “a personal mistake” and was “sorry for the pain it caused to everyone impacted.” The matter was something he and his wife wanted to deal with privately and from which they were moving on, Greitens repeatedly said.

Online court documents indicate that Greitens was released on his own recognizance and is allowed free travel throughout the country. He was arrested by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police and has a hearing scheduled for March 16 in St. Louis, court documents say.

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