Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted by a grand jury in St. Louis on a felony invasion of privacy charge, according to a Thursday report.
Greitens, 43, was taken into custody after his court hearing for taking a photo of a person who was nude, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The Republican governor was released on his own recognizance after the grand jury found “probable cause” that Greitens broke the law.
Greitens previously admitted to an affair that started in 2015. An investigation into his behavior opened in January.
The victim’s name was not made available to the public, but the indictment alleges Greitens took a picture of a woman either fully or partially nude without her consent and then sent the photo to himself so he could access it at a later time.
Greitens allegedly “transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer,” which is a felony.
The woman claims the governor asked her to “come downstairs” at his home where he would show her “how to do a proper pull-up,” before he allegedly tied her up and blindfolded her, while she was partially nude and threatened her to not mention the incident.
Greitens’ attorney Edward L. Dowd Jr. claimed the indictment is “baseless and unfounded.” The governor is “absolutely innocent,” he said Thursday.
If found guilty of the felony charge, Greitens would likely be forced to step down from his role as governor and could face time in prison.
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