Lawyer, Former Stripper Requests Pardon from Missouri Governor Because They Are Accused of Same Crime - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Feb 27, 2018
A California lawyer, who is a former stripper, has requested a pardon from the embattled governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, after Greitens was indicted under similar circumstances using the same law. Paul Henreid, who moonlighted as a stripper with the stage name Geno while in law school at Washington University in St. Louis, pleaded guilty of a felony for recording sexual acts with six women without their knowledge. He did this using a camera hidden in a clock-radio casing in his room, which he called "the Geno-cam."
 
"The law under which both the governor and my client have been charged is a law that has commonly been referred to as the 'peeping Tom' statute," Henreid's attorney Albert Watkins told The Washington Post. "It applies to people that would set up a nanny cam in a public bathroom or take photographs of people while they were in a locker room in a state of undress. The plain interpretation of the law, just based on how it's worded, doesn't correspond to the actions of my client. Now you have a sitting governor who is literally arguing the exact same legal rationale that was argued by us," said Watkins. 
 
The governor was indicted on Feb. 22 in connection with a compromising photo he is alleged to have taken, without consent, of his former hairstylist with whom he was having an affair. The woman claims Greitens told her that if she ever exposed their relationship, he would distribute the picture. The governor does not deny that the photo exists, but says the woman involved had no expectation of privacy when it was taken, sparking the question whether what Greitens allegedly did – photographing a semi-nude sweetheart without her permission during consensual sex – can be prosecuted under that law. 
 
Greitens' legal team insists it can't. "[The law] applies to situations such as voyeurs and peeping toms who take photographs in locations such as restrooms, tanning beds, changing rooms and bedrooms," Greitens' attorney, James F. Bennett said in a motion filed just hours after Greitens was indicted and booked. Bennett argues the same law was never meant to apply to situations "where individuals involved were jointly participating in sexual activity."
 
The judge in Henried's case sentenced him to 30 nights in jail saying "Even though [the victims] chose to voluntarily engage in sexual activity with you, they did not choose to have those moments captured on Kodak and to be exploited and have those moments shown to others and ultimately to become an exhibit in this courtroom." The judge continued, "I do not feel you should be allowed to engage in the occupation of attorney at law because you have shown no regard for that law or for the rights of others."
 
Gov. Greitens is currently under an impeachment probe and has a tentative trial date set for May 14.