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. sc

    ofcourse it is.

    April 17, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Just Saying

    Can't trust him!

    April 17, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Another attempt by CNN to bring to light ANYTHING that can make a Republican llok bad. Trespassing, get real!!!

    April 17, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Jerry

    I'm sure the people in Boston really care about this NEWS(?) while we need to focus on finding the people that caused the horrific incident at the boston marathon...

    April 17, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. John/kc

    So Sanford does not even obey the laws. Jerry, why do you blame others for making republicans look bad? They say and do it themselves.

    April 17, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Hogan's Goat

    South Carolina has chosen a man who accurately represent them to the world. I bet every third guy in SC has been caught sneaking out his ex-wife's back door.

    April 17, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Brad

    "If Clinton got re-elected, so will Sanford."

    Clinton was in his second term when the Lewinsky scandal happened. Nice Try!

    April 17, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Junior

    Hey Jerry, If he disobeyed a court order to not go to his ex-wife's house and he did then he broke the law. It doesn't matter what the crime is, he did it. And I'm sure the GOP will try to cover this up before the election so you won't have to worry. The backward people of SC will still probably vote him in.

    April 17, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Charles

    out the backdoor with his cellphone as a flashlight? Now he's just being creepy. Republicans- you have made a big DOH! with this one.

    April 17, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  10. JD

    Oh this guy just keeps getting better and better. Public figure, public failure.

    April 17, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Argyle

    If he has his way, he'll once again be an elected conservative GOP bloviating moralist passing regressive laws to defend 'traditional values'.

    April 17, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. The Other Bob

    Why is it you people slamming this poor man can't connect the dots: He was using his cell phone as a flashlight? No, he was using Apple Maps trying to find the Appalachian Trial. Or maybe Buenos Aires.

    April 17, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Iowan

    Keep in mind that CNN cannot make someone look bad. That comes from their own actions. I don't care what his political affiliation is. The fact remains that he cheated on his wife. Now she has filed a trespassing charge against him. He obviously cannot be trusted.

    April 17, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. Donna

    Hmm, interesting he can break laws and it is OK? He is a liar and a cheat...What makes the people of SC think he will not do this again to the State of SC. Please get real people. Once a liar and cheat, you will do it again. I do NOT trust this man and I am a South Carolina resident. I cannot believe this is still a "Good Ole Boy" state!!!

    April 17, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Thinks2010

    How's that rebranding effort going Republicans? Not so well I see.

    April 17, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. brad

    He gets elected as the best gop has to offer even though he defied his State Constitution by lying about being out of Country and then his religion by committing Adultery. Really? For the party that hides behind the Constitution and Bible, just another example of what a joke Republicans have become.

    April 17, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  17. Grinning Libber

    He is one of us....

    April 17, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Willie K.

    His defense - I was hiking and got lost!

    April 17, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. John N Florida

    Remember when Gary Hart challenged the press to find some 'dirt' on him – and they did?
    Mark just keeps digging that hole deeper and deeper.

    April 17, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  20. Mike

    Brad...wasn't trying to do anything, just making a statement. If you reember, Monica wasn't his only excersion. Many others were way before that. I'm not voting for either one of the candidates. My vote will be a write in.

    April 17, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. Kevin Bandy

    Marriage Should be between "ONE Cheating Man, and One Angry Woman".....

    April 17, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Hogan's Goat

    Oh, come on. I think we've all been caught sneaking out a back door in the dark -oh, we haven't? Just me and Sanford? Oops. My bad. Tee hee.

    April 17, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Hogan's Goat

    "bring to light ANYTHING that can make a Republican llok bad. Trespassing, get real!!!" Yeah, it's not like he was breaking the law or something -oh, he was? Going to court? Oops. My bad. Tee hee.

    April 17, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  24. Brian

    What the hell? What was he doing? Did he need to retrieve something in the house? What an idiot. I swear I can't believe people would vote for him after what happened regarding him lying about his whereabouts. Stanford is the gift that just keeps on giving.

    April 17, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. DJ Reality

    Boy, Mark Sanford doesn't respect any laws does he. Civil, marital or any. He is a typical republican politician. These guys like Newt and Rush just don't care.

    April 17, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
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