Ex-Missouri speaker facing assault charge released - KMOV.com

Ex-Missouri speaker facing assault charge released

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A former Missouri House speaker accused of assaulting a woman in southeastern Missouri is free on bond.

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

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

Jetton, a 42-year-old 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 says the former lawmaker is not guilty and is shocked by the allegation.

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