Spare the Rod? Former Missouri House Speaker Accused of Beating and Raping Woman . . . Releases on $2,500 Bond

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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25 thoughts on “Spare the Rod? Former Missouri House Speaker Accused of Beating and Raping Woman . . . Releases on $2,500 Bond”

  1. “…Police say there were bruises on the outside of the woman’s thighs, left side and breast that were photographed.” 3rd party verification of physical evidence. How disdainfully some on the blog treat the abuse of a woman.

  2. Rape? Who said anything about rape? He was charged with assault. To use the word rape in the headline is very irresponsible. Please report the facts and don’t create charges that don’t exist in this case.

  3. I live in Missouri.
    Jetton was a big political player in the state which reflects poorly on the state of the republican party in Missouri.

    It is as if Missouri Republicans turned an eye to Jetton’s actions (both this one and previous ones) because he could raise money and throw mud.

    It is almost as if the prevailing sentiment was, “He may be an SOB but at least he is our SOB.”

    He could overcome anything except for hitting a woman, especially a woman he was having sex with.

    Jim Lee
    Springfield, MO

  4. Let me get this straight. They discuss having sex (DISCUSS!). She invites him back to her place. She starts watching football. He then pours a glass of wine for her at her house as she watches the football game. And this guy had this magical foresight to have date rape drugs (the incredibly pervasive but unprovable explanation)on his person so as to pour it into her glass of wine that he expected her to request as she watched a football game.

    The stars must have been in peculiar alignment that day.

  5. For the billions of us who have trouble remembering the difference between the use of “to” v. “too,” the following comment from the blawg article illustrates how important those to, er, two (2) little words are to get right; and spell too.

    The implications of misuse are tremendous.


    “She then came to when he was having sex with her in the bedroom.”

  6. Mr. Winkie–

    Professor Turley has posted about lots of stories that make no sense to most people.

    It’s possible that Jetton is innocent. It’s also possible that Jettson has done this sort of thing before without having any charges brought against him.

  7. Winkle,

    For the same reason why a then 48 year old former football player turned announcer/actor murdered his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

    Some people for late bloomers.

    And his party affiliation is irrelevant. Except to partisans like yourself of course.

  8. Mike S.,

    Your comment interests me because you don’t mention male on female violence which really is a world wide epidemic. Family values people believe men can harm women with impunity, and too often, they are correct. I do think men and women see each other as “the other”. I’ve heard amazing conversations where a group of men or women describe each other as basically from a different species. But the violence of men against women is normal for our society. It intensifies under cover of traditional religions which encourage the man as master and tell him to use violence to enforce his place.

  9. The problem with yet another “Family Values” loser being exposed is that the “Family Values” faithful fail to see the irony. To my mind that’s because it never is about “Family Values” but is really a demonization of “the other,” which in the US political debate has come to mean more than race, ethnicity or religion and now also stands for political beliefs. The success of the faux conservative movement has been its conflating political positions with morality. Humanity seems to be hard-wired to loathe and fear “the other” and this has been used since the start of humanity as the means to encourage violence and vitriol.

  10. PaulThomson said “And I do so hope he gets to spend some quality time in a Missouri state facility”.

    Why Paul? Because he was a Republican? (Does the label still apply after one is out of office?)

    Or, do you want to see him behind bars because he was accused?

    Something about this story stinks. Why would a 42 yo man, who has no previous convictions, use a date rape drug on a women and beat her up? What was his motive? The women states that they talked about sex on the phone. He was invited to her residence.

    The guy goes to her residence with two bottles of wine, and for no reason at all (none presented) beats her up and has sex with her after giving her a date rape drug? It just doesn’t make sense.

  11. Off Topic–but on the subject of men and women and the healthcare debate going on in Congress:

    Boxer’s message to men who support abortion riders: How would you like it if we singled out Viagra? (Think Progress, 12/7/2009)


    Boxer challenged “the men who have brought us this” to “single out a procedure that’s used by a man or a drug that is used by a man that involves his reproductive health care and say they have to get a special rider”:

    BOXER: There’s nothing in this amendment that says if a man some days wants to buy Viagra, for example, that his pharmaceutical coverage cannot cover it, that he has to buy a rider. I wouldn’t support that. And they shouldn’t support going after a woman using her own private funds for her reproductive health care. Is it fair to say to a man you’re going to have to buy a rider to buy Viagra and this will be public information that could be accessed? No, I don’t support that. I support a man’s privacy, just as I support a woman’s privacy.

  12. “She also appears to elude to the possibility” should be “allude”

    And I do so hope he gets to spend some quality time in a Missouri state facility.

  13. Professionally we know that bond is not a punishment, it is intended, instead, to deal with the likelihood that an accused will show up for further proceedings, including trial.

    That said, unfortunately, public ignorance of the law persuades the judiciary to make a statement with bond and bail sometimes.

    This will play like a court being soft on the elite, even if the accused shows up for every required court date, and is acquitted.

    If will play like that even more if the accused runs or is found guilty.

    Can’t win for losing.

  14. My thoughts on “traditional family values” are well documented in previous posts; no sense beating a dead horse. Beating an unconscious constituent, however…

  15. Boy! Some of these politicians have given a whole new meaning to the term “traditional family values.” Makes you wonder what kinds of families they were raised in–and what kinds of traditions they value.

    Gotta go now. I’ll be hiking the Appalachian Trail.

  16. I saw this on the news last night and was hoping you’d catch the ridiculous bond. There was a stereo “What?” here when that number was announced.

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