Missouri Governor resigns

Photo: Eric Greitens / Facebook
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (WIBW/KCTV) - Facing impeachment and criminal charges, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will step down, effective Friday.

The announcement came late Tuesday afternoon during a news conference in Jefferson City, Mo.

"I came to office to fight for the people of Missouri, to fight for the forgotten," he said.

Greitens maintained his innocence, and said he and his team did not deserve the treatment they'd received.

Greitens has been in office a year and a half.

In mid-May, prosecutors dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Greitens, but said they planned to re-file the case with a special prosecutor.

Greitens also is accused of obtaining a charity donor list without permission for use in his 2016 gubernatorial campaign.

The Republican governor was accused of taking and transmitting a nonconsensual photo of an at least partially nude woman with whom he had an affair in 2015.