The former Missouri House Speaker and major Republican political figure Rod Jetton has been charged in an alarming series of crimes after a woman accused him of punching, choking, and assaulting her. She also appears to elude to the possibility of a date rape drug, claiming that she blacked out after drinking a glass of wine. Jetton ran for office on a family values platform.
Jetton, 42, was charged with second-degree assault on Monday. This follows another politician’s sentencing in New York of slashing his girlfriend’s face, here.
The woman says that the couple discussed having sex and returned to her home. Jetton poured her the wine and watched a football game when she began to pass out. She says that he hit her several times and that she woke up with him choking her and passed out again. She then came to when he was having sex with her in the bedroom.
Remarkably, bond was set at only $2,500. Jetton was required to leave office due to time limits but continues to work as as a powerful political consultant in Jefferson City. I entirely agree with the bond itself but the amount seems wildly out of proportion to the gravity of the crime. I do not like the massive bonds often sought in criminal cases, but this is a bond that would be considered small for an auto theft case.
He denies the allegations, here.
In his last campaign, Jetton said that he represented family values and would fight “assault” by the forces of immorality:
“Working to improve our schools, creating jobs and restoring traditional family values is something in which I strongly believe. . . . During the last ten years, too many of our leaders supported bigger government, higher taxes, less liberty, greater regulation, and an all-out assault on traditional family values.”
We will have to wait to see if he claims self-defense against an “all-out assault” by the victim in this case.
He is likely to see a tort action as well as his criminal charges in this case.
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