KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A special prosecutor says her investigation of former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens found no corroborating evidence that would support refiling a felony invasion of privacy charge.
Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday that she would not file charges in the case that landed with her last month after St. Louis prosecutors dismissed the charge.
Baker said in a news release that she and a team of assistant prosecutors exhausted potential leads and even enlisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol to investigate. Still, Baker says there wasn't sufficient evidence to consider a criminal charge.
Baker said the woman at the center of the case was credible, but "the clock ran out" on the statute of limitations.
Baker says the statute of limitations on the charge was three years and was about to run out. Despite lengthy investigations, she says her office found no evidence to corroborate the woman's claim that Greitens took an unauthorized and compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter in the basement of his home in March 2015.
Baker said the St. Louis prosecutor initially gave her office data extracted from the phone in May for their investigation.
But Baker says her office found out days ago that there were an additional 31,000 files on Greitens' phone back in April. She said she "cannot begin to express" her frustration in trying to get evidence in reviewing the case before the end of the statute of limitations.
Greitens' defense attorney, Jim Martin, says Greitens' attorneys provided both the April data and telephone to Baker. He says a technology expert said there were no fewer photos on the phone between April and May.
Greitens was initially indicted by a St. Louis grand jury in February 2017.
Greitens resigned last week as the Legislature was meeting in special session to consider the possibility of impeachment.
The Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's Office released the following statement Friday afternoon:
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today that after a diligent review of evidence, she is declining to file further charges in the Eric Greitens case referred to her office last month.
Baker’s office received a file from the Circuit Attorney of St. Louis on May 22, 2018. Since then, she and a team of assistant prosecutors have exhausted potential leads in examining submitted evidence and enlisting the Missouri Highway Patrol to investigate issues in this case.
As of today, with a statute of limitations set to expire this weekend, Baker stated that her office did not have sufficient evidence to consider filing new charges in the Greitens case. Still missing was corroborating evidence for an invasion of privacy case, Baker noted.
Scott Rosenblum, defense attorney for former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, released this statement:
“It certainly doesn’t surprise me that there are not going to be any charges. I never believed the accuser’s story was credible.”