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Gov. Eric Greitens announced in late May that he would resign after facing months of political and legal scandals.The saga started in January, when KMOV released a recording of a woman saying Greitens took a compromising photo of her during a sexual encounter and threatened to blackmail her.A St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens in February on felony invasion of privacy. The woman testified to lawmakers that Greitens sexually and physically abused her, spurring bipartisan calls for his resignation or impeachment.The invasion of privacy charge was eventually dropped by St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s office following a series of prosecutorial missteps before the trial began. Greitens was also accused of illegally obtaining a donor list from the veterans non-profit he co-founded with his political campaign, but that charge, too, was dismissed as part a deal that led to his resignation as governor.

Former Gov. Eric Greitens, Sheena Greitens End Their Marriage

Eric and Sheena Greitens wave to the inaugural crowd shortly before he is sworn in as Missouri's governor. (Jan. 9, 2017)
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Eric and Sheena Greitens wave to the inaugural crowd shortly before he is sworn in as Missouri's governor in January 2017. The couple announced on Saturday that they are ending their marriage.

Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Sheena Greitens announced Saturday they are ending their marriage through a joint statement that appeared on social media.

“After much reflection, counsel, and prayer, we’ve made the amicable decision to end our marriage, and move forward as co-parents who love our children,” wrote the couple. “For their sake, we ask for privacy and will not be commenting further on this private family matter.” 

Greitens, a Republican, took office in 2017. He resigned about 18 months later after being enveloped by scandals regarding an extramarital affair and allegations of corruption. 

The former governor has stayed mostly out of the public eye since leaving office. Sheena Greitens is an assistant professor of political science and director of the Institute for Korean Studies at the University of Missouri. 

Questions about Greitens’ behavior spurred a handful of government investigations into his personal life, which led to a slew of allegations. In the weeks before his resignation, state lawmakers held a special session to consider impeachment proceedings.

Earlier this year, the Missouri Ethics Commission fined Greitens $178,000 for breaking campaign finance laws. The commission said it couldn’t find any evidence that Greitens knew about the wrongdoing personally, but as the head of the campaign, he would be held responsible for the violations. 

At the time, the commission dismissed several other allegations made against the Greitens campaign regarding its finances. The former governor viewed this as a victory and declared that he had been exonerated of wrongdoing.

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