Computer tampering charge dropped against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

Casey Dawson
June 2, 2018

Change is in the air for Missouri's Capitol, and Polk County itself, as Gov. Eric Greitens announced his upcoming resignation during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Greitens said his resignation would take effect Friday.

"I can not allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people I love", Greitens said. The woman later told a Missouri House investigative committee that Greitens restrained, slapped, shoved and threatened her during a series of sexual encounters that at times left her crying and afraid.

When he steps down Friday, the former Navy SEAL officer will be conceding political defeat amid allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign violations while still defiantly asserting that he's done nothing worthy of being forced out of office. The state will not be able to refile the computer tampering charge, but the agreement has no bearing on the decision of a special prosecutor, Jean Peters Baker, whether to refile invasion of privacy charges. Further details will be released Wednesday, she said. But his departure was days in the making, as Greitens wrestled with mounting legal bills and the emotional pressures of defending against possible impeachment and a criminal trial.

State Senate Democratic leader Gina Walsh said Greitens still needed to answer for the scandals, however. "Millions of dollars of mounting legal bills, endless personal attacks created to cause maximum damage to family and friends", Greitens said.

"The state's economic growth lags the U.S. Also there are going to be phased in income tax cuts so it may be more hard to balance the budget", Cure said.

Also being investigated is The Mission Continues, a veterans charity founded by Greitens, as it relates to the state's consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws.

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St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner announced Wednesday that she would dismiss the charge. Saying most of the deal was sealed and could not be discussed, Ryan said the most impactful part of it was Greitens saying he would furnish his resignation in exchange for the charge being dropped.

A complaint also remains pending at the Missouri Ethics Commission alleging Greitens filed a false campaign report past year about the source of the charity donor list.

Martin said a deal to give up an elected office in exchange for the dismissal of criminal matters is unusual, but not unique. "I'm not flawless", he said Tuesday.

It also happened on the same day a judge ordered Greitens to turn over information related to campaign payments he received from a group named A New Missouri. He declined to say whether he took a photo.

A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens on February 22 on one felony count of invasion of privacy related to the alleged photo. Greitens had hoped to be acquitted, which Roe said would have allowed him to mount a full defense against the potential House impeachment proceedings.

Earlier this month, Gardner's office dropped the invasion of privacy case against Greitens.

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