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. Wake up People!

    I bet he was peeping. Freak. Seek help, not office.

    April 17, 2013 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Donna

    There is something seriously wrong with this guy

    April 17, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. Lou

    We will see how many stupid people from this state will follow this nutcase no matter what he does.

    April 17, 2013 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. James PDX

    And yet so many "moral" right wingers find this guy to be a viable candidate. Simply astounding.

    April 17, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Joe The Plumber

    The word "worm" comes to mind.

    April 17, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Stephen

    Psht, this happened in February! It's clearly in the past. Why can't we forgive this guy for what he's done (and will do, which will be in the past eventually). Change Washington!

    April 17, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Chaos

    A snake in the grass.

    April 17, 2013 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Sanford represents everything that passes for so-called conservative values today.

    April 17, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  9. Puddin

    Once a jerk; always a jerk.........people rarely change.......

    April 17, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. he has more work to do

    This is something you just don't do. And anyone who would do this doesn't understand boundaries, the law, and personal diginity. Sanford has more work to do.

    April 17, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  11. dick Delson

    What an idiot. Yet another Republican jerk

    April 17, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  12. v_mag

    It's only because the Appalachian Trail and the road to Argentina both go through Jenny Sanford's property.

    April 17, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Babyboomer

    This guy has some real issues. His sense of right and wrong is not normal. In fact it's way off.

    April 17, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Mark

    I didn't realize the appalachian trail went through Sullivan's Island. Man this guy has a terrible sense of direction! Would
    someone please introduce him to a computer and Google Maps! I kid. I'm sure he knew exactly where he was and exactly what he was up to. Like the song says, "It's a thin line between love and hate". Come on South Carolina put him back in office so you can prove once again how hypocritical Republicants are in this state. It will also provide loads of material for comedians.

    April 17, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  15. Freedom

    Looks like Steven Colbert's sister is going to win this special election. Wahoo!

    April 17, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    The Former MRS. Sanford will not go quietly into the night. He done her wrong.

    April 17, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. anna

    He was is and will always remain a sneak.

    April 17, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. ATLJack

    Can we assume all those Republicans who were outraged over Bill Clinton's affair – but somehow had no problem voting for Newt Gingrinch (who married the intern HE had a 5 year affair with) will NOT vote for Sanford?

    Or will you be as hypocritical and talk about "forgiveness" and "second chances"?

    (odd how Republicans don't think Democrats should get second chances)

    April 17, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. m123

    what a mo ron this guy is

    April 17, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Jean

    The man is clueless! Socially inept, stupid, self centered and he wants to be elected to congress?? Ha! maybe he will fit right in come to think of it. He was even so naive as to ask his ex wife to help in his campaign . Now how dumb was that?

    April 17, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Seattle Sue

    I would bet that the ex Sanford wife will not be endorsing Mr. Sanford this time around.

    April 17, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. ObservantHistorian

    There is a difference between making a mistake and demonstrating a lack of character. Sanford – like Weiner (to take a current example from the other side) – has shown his lack of character. Especially given his loud rhetorical stand on "family values," is there any way this man didn't know he was committing the very kinds of acts he was condemning in others, by carrying on this affair? Is there any way this man didn't know that he was violating the public trust by using public funds to help finance his affair? Is there any way that he truly thought that it was OK to lie to his state about his whereabouts? Faced with his malfeasance, he dug in his heels. Now he thinks he ought to be back in the position of running things, but demonstrates again that he exempts himself from the law. I think his behavior shows that he didn't just "make a mistake": his behavior reflected and continues to reflect a fundamentally dishonest and hypocritical individual.

    April 17, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. me

    There used to be a time when people who were shamed dropped from the limelight, and slinked away into the shadows from the humiliation they had to deal with... apparently, now a days, you run for Congress as is the case with this slimeball, or you consider running for mayor as the weiner photographing Weiner is considering... newsflash... you are both slime, please go away!!!

    April 17, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  24. tony

    Hey. Why does a US Congressman have to worry about obeying laws they make for the rest if us?
    Work a few weeks, get a huge pension for life. And one of the best medical insurance schemes going for free and for life also I suspect. What a deal!!!

    April 17, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    Jenny needs to get a restraining order against him. I hope he doesn't own any guns because he doesn't seem mentally stable. He has stalker tendencies.

    April 17, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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