The governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens, was on Thursday indicted for allegedly sharing pictures of his unclad former lover.
Greitens was charged in St. Louis with a first-degree felony invasion of privacy, according to the Missouri court system.
The indictment might have been influenced by news reports that circulated last month where he allegedly threatened to share the pictures.
In a statement released on Thursday, Greitens reiterated his innocence.
He said: “As I have said before, I made a personal mistake before I was Governor. I did not commit a crime.
“With today’s disappointing and misguided political decision, my confidence in our prosecutorial system is shaken, but not broken. I know this will be righted soon.
“The people of Missouri deserve better than a reckless liberal prosecutor who uses her office to score political points. I look forward to the legal remedies to reverse this action. This will not for a moment deter me from doing the important work of the great people of Missouri.”
Meanwhile, the office of St Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberley Gardner, has issued a statement via its spokesperson, Susan Ryan.
“As I have stated before, it is essential for residents of the city of St Louis and our state to have confidence in their leaders,” the statement read.
The governor faces a four-year jail term if convicted.