Rod Jetton (mug shot)
The former Speaker of the Missouri House is facing another legal obstacle, according to The Turner Report and online court records.

Rod Jetton, 43, was charged with careless and imprudent driving after being involved in an accident November 8th in Butler County.

He was scheduled to be arraigned on those charges December 20th, however that court appearance was postponed until January 6th at the request of his attorney.

Jetton is scheduled to stand trial on February 3, 2011, trial in New Madrid County on a charge of assaulting a woman during rough sex at the woman's Sikeston home.

The following is an excerpt from the probable cause statement:

[WOMAN] STATED THE NEXT THING SHE REMEMBERED, SHE WAS ON THE FLOOR IN THE LIVING ROOM AND MR. JETTON WAS TRYING TO RESTRAIN BOTH OF HER HANDS WITH WHAT APPEARED TO BE A LEATHER BELT. SHE STATED SHE WAS VERY GROGGY AND UNABLE TO SPEAK BUT WAS ABLE TO PULL HER HANDS FREE FROM THE RESTRAINT. SHE STATED AT THIS POINT, MR. JETTON BEGAN TO STRIKE HER ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HER FACE WITH AN OPEN HAND. SHE STATED AFTER THE FOURTH BLOW TO THE LEFT SIDE OF HER FACE, SHE BEGAN TO SEE STARS AND BLACKED OUT. [WOMAN] STATED SHE WAS UNSURE HOW MANY TIMES MR. JETTON HAD STRUCK HER AFTER SHE HAD BLACKED OUT.

The woman told an investigator that when woke up "Mr. Jetton was behind her having intercourse in the bedroom. The woman said her memory was hazy but that Mr. Jetton stayed the night and when he woke up he gave her a kiss and said, you should have said green balloons."  Green balloons was the "safe word" the two had agreed to use when sex needed to stop.

In 2007 Jetton became a household name in southwest Missouri when he attempted to hijack the "village law" into legislation. If it had passed it would have allowed developers to avoid oversight of county governments by incorporating small subdivisions into "villages."


The chatter was that Jetton did that on behalf of late land developer Robert Plaster. Plaster had 400 acres of land near Kimberling City that he wanted turned into the Village of Table Rock. The Stone County Commission had turned Plaster's request down, and a state appeals court upheld their decision in 2006.
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Robert W. Plaster (courtesy News Leader)

On August 28, 2007, the DAY the law went into effect, Plaster's attorney filed paperwork with the Stone County Commission to create the Village of Table Rock. New "villages" would have been exempt from county jurisdiction like planning and zoning ordinances. 
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The village law was repealed in the next legislative session.
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Jetton was elected speaker of the Missouri House in 2005 and was termed out of office in 2008.

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