St. Louis, Mo. -- (2/22/2018) A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for an incident that occurred on March 21, 2015 in the city of St. Louis.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's office sent out a statement Thursday afternoon that said a grand jury has found probable cause to believe the governor violated a Missouri state statute which was in place at time of the violation.
According to KTVI in St. Louis the indictment alleges Greitens took a picture of a woman either fully or partially nude without her knowledge or consent and then transmitted that image so he could have access to it at a later time.
Gardner says if anyone has any information related to this matter to contact their office immediately.
Governor Greitens released a statement Thursday saying:
As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor. I did not commit a crime.
With today’s disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. I know this will be righted soon.
The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points.
I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action.
This will not for a moment deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri.
Read Kim Gardner's office statement below:
Today, a city of st. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for an incident that took place on March 21, 2015 in the city of St. Louis.
Under Missouri law, the grand jury has found probable cause to believe that Governor Greitens violated Missouri state statue 565.252, which was in place at the time of the violation. The statue has a special three-year statue of limitations per 565.255.
This statue 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.
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. They must know that the Office of the Circuit Attorney will hold public officials accountable in the same manner as any other resident of our city. Both parties and the people of St. Louis deserve a thorough investigation of these allegations.
While i have committed to being as transparent as possible in this matter, we are limited in what we can discuss because its an ongoing investigation.
If anyone has any information related to this matter, I encourage them to contact my office immediately.
Governor Greitens' attorney Edward L. Dowd, Jr. released a statement which stated:
“In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent. We will be filing a motion to dismiss.”
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