Greitens invasion of privacy case dismissed; statement released
The invasion of privacy case against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was dismissed Monday afternoon after the St. Louis circuit attorney dropped the charges against him and asked for a special prosecutor to be assigned.
The special prosecutor would have the option to re-file the case.
A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens February 22 for felony invasion of privacy. Greitens was accused of taking a picture of a woman with whom he was having an affair in a state of undress without her permission in 2015. Greitens acknowledged the affair, but has denied any criminal wrongdoing.
The computer tampering charge against the governor remains on the docket, according to online court records. A hearing has been set in that case for May 22.
Grietens' trial was in the third day of jury selection.
Greitens released the following statement:
“Today, the prosecutor dropped the false charges against me.
This was a great victory and a long time coming. I've said from the beginning that I am innocent.
This experience has also been humbling, and I've emerged from it a changed man.
I believe that in all of our lives, we have to deal with pain, and that if we deal with it in the right way, we can learn wisdom.
We all have to deal with suffering, but if we deal with it in the right way, we can emerge with strength.
I also believe, as many people of faith do, that even in the hardest situations, we can find blessings.
Above all, I am sorry for the pain that this process and my actions have caused my family, my friends, and the people of Missouri.
I am extraordinarily grateful for the tremendous patience and courage of friends, family, and people of faith, who have all recognized that in time comes the truth.
We have a great mission before us. And at this time, I'd ask people of goodwill to come together so that we may continue to do good together.”
- Gov. Eric Greitens