Mark Sanford settles trespassing complaint

Sanford's ex-wife had accused him of repeatedly violating the terms of their divorce agreement

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 9, 2013 1:24PM (EDT)

Fresh off his win in the South Carolina special election, Mark Sanford has overcome another obstacle by settling a trespassing complaint made against him by his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

From the Associated Press:

As part of Wednesday's deal, he admits he violated the agreement on Feb. 3 and on other occasions.

Under the consent order signed by both parties, a family court judge will withhold sentencing as long as Sanford abides by the provisions of their 2010 divorce decree that says neither party may enter the other's home without permission.

Sanford also agreed to pay $5000 to Jenny Sanford in legal fees.

Jenny Sanford had filed multiple complaints against her ex-husband, saying that he ”entered into a pattern of entering onto plaintiff’s property. Plaintiff has informed defendant on a number of occasions that this behavior is in violation of the court’s order and has demanded that it not occur again.”

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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