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Mark Sanford's ex-wife says he trespassed

8:01 AM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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By Bruce Smith, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A closely watched race for a vacant South Carolina congressional seat has taken a twist involving former Gov. Mark Sanford.

His ex-wife Jenny filed a court complaint in February accusing him of trespassing at her home, in violation of their divorce settlement. The Associated Press obtained the court documents Tuesday and Jenny Sanford confirmed their authenticity.

A judge has ordered the Republican candidate to appear for a hearing May 9. That's two days after he faces Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in a special election for the state's 1st District congressional seat.

The complaint says Jenny Sanford confronted her ex-husband leaving her Sullivans Island home on Feb. 3 by a rear door, using his cell phone for a flashlight. Her attorney filed the complaint the next day.

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