by Meghan Lane & Sinclair Broadcast Group
(KRCG/SBG) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted Thursday on a felony invasion of privacy charge stemming from a March 2015 incident.
The St. Louis circuit attorney said Greitens was indicted on a felony invasion of privacy charge for an incident that took place on March 21, 2015 in the city of St. Louis.
In a news release, Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner said, "While I have committed to being as transparent as possible in this matter, we are limited in what we can discuss because it’s an ongoing investigation."
Court records stated Greitens knowingly photographed victim in a state of full or partial nudity without her knowledge or consent.
Gardner had opened an investigation last month when Greitens admitted to an affair with his hairdresser that began in March 2015. She claimed he threatened to use a compromising photo of her as blackmail if she spoke about it, according to the Associated Press. Gardner's statement did not specifically say if the charge is related to that allegation, but it did say it is a felony to transmit an image “in a manner that allows access to that image via a computer.”
The governor's attorney, Edward Dowd, issued a statement saying that his client is innocent.
“In 40 years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this," Baker said. "The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent. We will be filing a motion to dismiss.”
Gov. Greitens and his attorney have consistently denied all allegations of any violence and attempted blackmail relating to the 2015 extramarital affair.