Report: Mark Sanford settles with ex-wife in trespassing case

Rep.-elect Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) has reached a settlement in a trespassing case with his ex-wife, avoiding the spectacle of an embarrassing court hearing fresh on the heels of his election to the House this week.

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According to court documents obtained by ABC's Charleston, S.C., affiliate, Mark Sanford has agreed to admit he was in contempt of court for repeatedly visiting Jenny Sanford's home without letting her know, and he will pay the $5,000 in court fees associated with the case.

The agreement allows the Sanfords to avoid a court date that could have proven a public embarrassment. A judge had earlier denied Jenny Sanford's request to ban television cameras at the hearing.

Jenny Sanford's accusations that the former governor trespassed at her home had created turmoil for Mark Sanford's House campaign in South Carolina's first district. The controversy led to the National Republican Congressional Committee's decision not to fund him. 

Despite the lack of help from his party, Sanford won Tuesday's special election by a comfortable margin over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

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