Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is now the state’s chief executive and its most famous accused felon. On Thursday, the Republican governor was indicted for felony invasion of privacy in a truly bizarre affair from 2015. Greitens, 43, is accused of involuntarily restraining a woman in an affair and taking pictures of her naked as leverage over her. The indictment occurs when nude pictures are also being raised in Nashville as possible evidence against the Mayor Megan Barry, who is also embroiled in a scandal over an affair.
Greitens allegedly took a photo of the woman “in a state of full or partial nudity” without their knowledge or consent. He then allegedly “transmitted the image contained in the photograph in a manner that allowed access to that image via a computer” — a criteria for the felony charge.
Greitens has admitted the affair but denied the specific allegations of abusive treatment of his lover. KMOV-TV reported that Greitens allegedly threatened to publicize nude images of the woman if she disclosed their affair.
The sexual relationship began as a consensual affair but the woman claimed that she was lured to the basement so Greitens could show her “how to do a proper pull-up.” She says that she was then blindfolded and her hands taped as he took revealing photos of her.
Greitens was elected in 2016 and is a decorated former Navy SEAL officer with both a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.