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UPDATE: Ex-Missouri House speaker facing assault charge is released on bond

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 | 4:45 p.m. CST; updated 11:44 a.m. CST, Wednesday, December 9, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — A former Missouri House speaker accused of assaulting a woman in southeastern Missouri is free on bond.

Rod Jetton, 42, was charged Monday in Scott County with felony second-degree assault. The Cole County Sheriff's Department in Jefferson City said Jetton turned himself in there on Monday and was released on a $2,500 bond.

According to a probable cause statement, Jetton went to a woman's house Nov. 15 to have sex. The woman said Jetton struck and choked her.

Jetton, a Republican from Marble Hill, was elected to the House in 2000 and served as speaker from 2005 until he left the legislature after the 2008 session. Jetton now works as a consultant in Jefferson City.

Jetton's attorney said the former lawmaker is not guilty and is shocked by the allegation.

 


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