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Did Greitens take a photo or didn't he? Legal experts say it's an important question

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Missouri Governor Eric Greitens takes a reporters question as he unveils the new state budget during a press conference at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 22, 2018.  Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI Missouri Governor Eric Greitens takes a reporters question as he unveils the new state budget during a press conference at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri on January 22, 2018. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

ST. LOUIS -- Did he take a photo or didn't he? Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has dodged that question when asked, But legal experts say there might a critical reason why he won't say.

At a press conference at the capitol Monday and in a recorded interview with the AP over the weekend, the governor dodged the question about whether he took a photograph, instead of repeating the same refrain.

"There was no blackmail, there was no violence, there was no photograph for blackmail, there was no threat of using a photograph for blackmail,” the Governor said Monday.

Other reporters covering the governor have also noted the governor has not answered if a photograph was ever taken, period. Former prosecutor-turned-defense attorney Kristi Flint says that question, under the law, is critical.

"It’s very important in an investigation of invasion of privacy to determine if a picture was taken, absolutely," Flint said.

Invasion of privacy, Flint says, is a misdemeanor crime if a picture is taken of someone undressed, without their consent.

The Circuit Attorney's Office is continuing its investigation.

Flint says things the governor says in public, could be relevant.

“If the governor said 'yes I took a picture,' would that be admissible in court?” asked Trager. “Absolutely,” said Flint.

The governor, like all people, would have the right to plead the fifth and not take to investigators.

In a past statement, an attorney for the governor said the governor denied a picture was taken. We made follow-up inquiries to the Governor, but have not heard back.

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