Sanford accused of trespassing on ex-wife's property
April 16th, 2013
09:59 PM ET
10 years ago

Sanford accused of trespassing on ex-wife's property

(CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who's now running as the Republican nominee in a special congressional election, has been ordered to appear in court two days after the May election over allegations that he trespassed at his ex-wife's home.

Jenny Sanford confirmed a report about court documents she filed claiming she saw her ex-husband leaving her Sullivan's Island home on Feb. 3, roughly three weeks after he announced his bid for Congress.

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The Associated Press first reported the court documents.

"I understood [the documents] were to have remained part of the sealed divorce docs. This is a private matter and I have no further comment," she told CNN.

In the documents reported by the AP, Jenny caught Mark leaving her property out of a rear door, using his cell phone as a flash light.

A spokesman with Sanford's campaign declined to comment.

The couple were divorced in 2010 after the then-governor admitted he was carrying on an extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina. He finished out his term in 2011 and has since become engaged to the same woman.

Seeking political redemption, Sanford won the Republican primary this month in a race to fill the 1st District seat left vacant when Gov. Nikki Haley appointed Tim Scott to the Senate late last year.

It's the same district Sanford represented in Congress before becoming governor.

Filed under: House • Jenny Sanford • Mark Sanford • South Carolina
soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. MiddleAmericaMS

    Repeatedly violates court order?

    Plus the Oath of office, marriage vows, public trust...

    Repeat offender.


    April 16, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  2. max3333444555

    some people are too stupid to be in office

    April 16, 2013 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  3. guest718

    He was looking for the map of the Appalachian trail he left behind.

    April 16, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Really

    I guess this means Jenny won't be voting for him.

    April 16, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Great candidate you got there GOP... Sheesh!

    April 16, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Doctor Facts

    What? Did you think this guy was suddenly clean? Ha! He's got a rap sheet a mile long of indiscretions, transgressions, and adultery. Adding trespassing to the list is just more icing his fruit cake.

    Republicans. Got to love 'em for trying.

    April 16, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Jenny caught Mark leaving her property out of a rear door, using his cell phone as a flash light.

    He most likely thought he was on the Appalachian Trail !

    Just the right guy we need in DC.

    April 16, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Why did she wait so long to make it public? Why was he there? Didn't she have enough sense to change the locks on the door? All kinds of unanswered questions CNN.

    April 16, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  9. Cathy

    His lack of morals, integrity and trust was broken the minute he revealed his affair. Breaking and entering? I believe he did. A man this arrogant and filled with hubris, piece of cake to break and enter

    April 16, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain - The GOP's policies are all PROVEN FAILURES

    Sanford is just plain CREEPY!

    April 16, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  11. Will Beararms

    What a disgrace for the GOP. This guy is a cad and a liar. He's not fit to lead. The GOP claims the moral high ground yet they refuse to make a stand on this. For the Record, I am a Republican.

    April 16, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  12. Mark

    Looks like the final nail has sealed the coffin of his career.

    April 16, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  13. sly

    Earned the right-wing vote with that one – infidelity, illegal use of our taxpayer dollars, not enough to get a Republican vote ... but add Nixonesque felony/misdemenour theft/burglary/home invasion, and Bingo – Fox News and all Republicans have a new hero, someone they WILL vote for.

    April 16, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  14. Aces Full

    This is news? Anything to try and slam an (R). What a joke.

    April 16, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  15. nothing new here

    Woe to the voters of South Carolina, if they keep giving their seal of approval to this nonsense.

    April 16, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. USAPeasant

    There goes Mark Sanford on the Appalachian Trail again.

    Get this guy out of the political arena and on to a reality tv show.

    April 16, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    sounds like a stalker

    April 16, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. enuff

    Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, eh Sanford?

    April 16, 2013 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  19. Zacharius

    Why didn't she file a report for the act of burglary at the time? She could have saved the citizens of the state from a criminal with malicious intentions had she gone public through law enforcement at the time!

    April 17, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. JJ

    Say byebye to your BS campaign, hypocrite.

    April 17, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  21. gravy

    he forgot his drawers.

    April 17, 2013 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  22. RillyKewl

    Eeeew. Sanford is so gross.
    He's lucky she didn't call the cops to have him arrested on the spot.
    What a creep.

    April 17, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  23. Jim

    Once a sleaze,always a sleaze

    April 17, 2013 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  24. Ms. Vicki

    This guy's embarassement factor, to the Republican Party, is becoming almost as large as Sarah Palin.

    April 17, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  25. Rob Public Again

    The perfect Republican – maybe he thought he was on the Appalachian Trail or was it Argentina? – whatever, the both begin with "A's" And he is one too.

    April 17, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
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