[WATCH: Republican Governor Arrested]
You may recall the story of Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens admitting to an affair and then the strange turn the case took when he supposedly threatened to publish nude photos of the woman if she went public with the affair.
The case just took another shocking turn with Greitens being indicted by a grand jury on a felony invasion of privacy charge, according to Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner.
From Fox News:
Greitens, 43, was booked at the St. Louis Justice Center, officials confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was released on his own recognizance, St. Louis Circuit Attorney spokeswoman Susan Ryan told The Associated Press.
According to Gardner’s news release, the grand jury “found probable cause” that Greitens broke a state law.
The indictment said Greitens allegedly took a photo of a person – who was only identified by their initials – “in a state of full or partial nudity” without their knowledge or consent and “in a place where a person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” according to the Post-Dispatch.
It goes on to say that 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, according to Gardner’s release.
An investigation into Greitens began in January after the story broke.
From Daily Wire:
Following the indictment, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner issued a statement.
“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,” said Gardner. “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.”
Although he admits he had an affair, Greitens has denied that he tried to blackmail the woman.
Greitens’ lawyers said that the charges were “baseless and unfounded” and that he was innocent.
Greitens came into office in November 2016 with seemingly sterling credentials.
Young and married, he was a former decorated former Navy SEAL officer who had received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other awards, according to his service record. He also was a Rhodes scholar and earned a doctorate.
He was a Democrat until 2015 when he switched to Republican.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]