UPDATED: Greitens indicted on felony invasion of privacy

Gov. Eric Greitens has been arrested on suspicion of invasion of privacy. (KMOV)

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 he 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, the St. Louis circuit attorney 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 the victim in a state of full or partial nudity without her knowledge or consent.

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.”

Baker later released a new statement saying that he and his client welcome reviewing the issue with the Missouri House of Representatives. He emphasized again that Greitens is innocent and in his four decades as an attorney, he has never seen an issue like this.

"This statute has never been used like this in Missouri history," Baker said in his statement. "In unprecedented fashion, the Circuit Attorney circumvented the local police force and hired her own investigators - we attempted to meet with the Circuit Attorney and make the Governor available to discuss the issues. They refused. She proceeded to file an indictment that has no facts."

Baker said that he and Gov. Greitens will work with the committee and depose witnesses.

"And will be happy to share information with you with the Court’s permission.”

These statements came as attorneys for Gov. Greitens filed a motion to dismiss the Grand Jury indictment.

Greitens also released a statement denying all allegations.

"As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor. I did not commit a crime," Gov. Greitens said in his statement. "With today’s disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. I know this will be righted soon."

Gov. Greitens did not hint at resigning.

"The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points. I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action."

"This will not for a moment deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri."

Gov. Greitens and his attorney have consistently denied all allegations of any violence and attempted blackmail relating to a 2015 extramarital affair. Greitens admitted to his affair Jan. 10, following a report from KMOV-TV revealing that he had a sexual relationship with his hairdresser.

The City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office released the following statement regarding Greitens' remarks:

"Despite the Governor’s personal attacks, the Circuit Attorney believes the courtroom is the appropriate place to argue the facts, not the media. Kim Gardner maintains her unwavering confidence in our system of justice to bring this matter to a fair and just resolution.

The lawyers for Governor Greitens contacted the Circuit Attorney’s Office

yesterday to meet for a “secret” meeting next week of counsel only. The Circuit Attorney asked if the Governor would be making a statement that is any different from his public statements. His lawyers said they wanted to share the “human” side of his story. The Circuit Attorney makes charging decisions based upon facts and evidence. Without additional facts and information from the Governor, the meeting was not necessary.

It is not unusual for the Circuit Attorney to conduct an independent investigation. There are many examples over the previous 15 years where the Circuit Attorney conducted Grand Jury investigations without the use of the police department."

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