Embattled Missouri Ex-Governor Will Not be Charged for Affair

Former Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens

Former Governor of Missouri Eric Greitens

MCNS Staff

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will not be charged by a special prosecutor for his conduct during an affair he engaged in before his election.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Friday that though she believes the former Navy SEAL’s behavior may have been criminal, the state does not have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

The prosecutor took over the case last month after St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly  Gardner dropped an invasion of privacy case against Greitens when she was called as a witness. Gardner stated that she planned to appoint a prosecutor to refile the case.

“I find her credible, and I believe her statements about being photographed are true,” Baker said of the woman with whom Greitens had the affair, according to a local source. “She had no vendetta. Without other evidence to support her accounting, she just didn’t want to go it alone. In the words of this victim, ‘my heart just can’t bear it.’”

Via Twitter Gardner commended Baker, stating that the prosecutor made a “gutsy decision to review the invasion case involving Eric Greitens, despite all of the mischaracterizations and attacks of those involved. I stand by my original decision to charge this case, and I respect Ms. Baker’s decision today.”

Gardner filed the original invasion of privacy charges against Greitens after allegations against him surfaced of misconduct with a woman with whom he had an extramarital sexual relationship in 2015. Greitens was accused by the woman, who remains publicly unnamed, of taking a picture of her blindfolded and partially nude and threatening to make the picture public if she spoke about their affair. No evidence of the photo has ever been found by either Gardner or Baker.

Greitens was also accused of physical and sexual abuse during the affair.

Greitens abruptly resigned last month amid the scandal involving this and another felony case which charged him with misusing his charity’s donor list for political purposes. Under threat of subpoena, Greitens announced that he would leave his governor seat.

The former governor’s attorneys have said that they believe past charges against the former governor are part of a “political witch hunt.”

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