A judge in the southeastern Missouri town of Benton found enough probable cause yesterday to move forwarded with felony charges against former House Speaker Rod Jetton.
Jetton, 42, is accused of violently beating a 35-year-old Sikeston woman during a game of rough sex last November. In a court hearing yesterday the woman told how she reconnected with Jetton last year via Facebook. Both had recently become divorced. According to the Associated Press
, the woman testified that she knew Jetton as a child, having attended the Baptist church in Charleston where Jetton's father served as pastor. Soon after finding each other on Facebook, Jetton and the woman began flirting and texting.
The woman -- who the AP does not name -- claims that she was sexually
abused as a child. When she invited Jetton over for sex, they agreed to a
safe word of "green balloons" should she have flashbacks during intercourse.
The woman told the court she had no idea the sex would be as rough as it
Shortly after Jetton arrived to her home with a couple bottles of wine the woman says she became groggy, though she stopped short of accusing Jetton of spiking her drink. Next thing she knew, Jetton pulled down her pants and began punching her in the face. She claims he tied her wrists with a belt and straddled her.
She later awoke to Jetton choking her. Again she blacked out. When she awoke later Jetton allegedly was having sex with her, slapping her and demanding that she say "Yes sir!"
The next morning, she says Jetton delicately touched her bruised face and said, "You should have said 'green balloons'."
The prosecutor showed the judge images of the woman's bruised body following the ordeal. Jetton did not comment and hastily made his way out of the courtroom following the hearing. His attorney told the Associated Press he was not surprised that the judge ruled that the case should proceed as "it's a relatively low burden of proof to show probable cause."