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Missouri's Republican Governor Eric Greitens Was Just Indicted on a Repulsive Charge

He admitted to having an affair, but is now accused of sexual blackmail.

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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who had long been seen as a promising figure in the Republican Party, was indicted Thursday by his own state, court documents show. He is charged with invading a woman's privacy and taking compromising photos amid the continuing fallout surrounding the revelation of his extramarital affair.

The indictment charges Greitens with a first-degree felony for photographing the woman in 2015 "in a state of full or partial nudity" without her knowledge or consent and then transmitting the image to a computer. 

KMOV first reported in January on accusations that the governor took photos to blackmail a woman with whom he'd had sexual relations. The woman reportedly told her then-husband about the incident in a conversation the husband recorded without her knowledge and gave to the news outlet.

“He took a picture of my wife naked as blackmail. There is no worse person,” the ex-husband told KMOV. “I think it's as bad as it gets, It’s as bad as it gets when someone takes advantage of something.”

Greitens has admitted to having an affair and said he resolved the issue with his wife. However, he denied any charges of blackmail.

"There was no 'blackmail,' and that claim is false," his attorney James Bennett said in a statement. "This personal matter has been addressed by the governor and Mrs. Greitens privately years ago when it happened. The outrageous claims of improper conduct regarding these almost three-year-ago events are a lie."

Greitens faces up to seven years in jail for the invasion of privacy charge.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.