Rod Jetton: Missouri Lawmaker Ensnared in Sex Charge Now Operates Newspaper

Feb 25, 2013 at 1:10 pm
Jetton during his stint as Speaker of the House.
Jetton during his stint as Speaker of the House.

Three years after he was tied to a sexual assault, Rod Jetton is back in Jefferson City. The Republican who served as Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009 launched The Missouri Times last month.

Jetton boasts that the weekly paper will be a "different kind of media outlet" dedicated to covering state government and the culture of Jefferson City.

"We intend to do the work necessary to become Missouri's newspaper of politics and culture," writes Jetton in his online bio that steers clear of the charges that spurred his downfall.

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Jetton was term-limited out of office in 2009 and was serving as a political consultant in Jefferson City that fall when he was charged with felony assault for beating a woman after she allegedly failed to say the safe words "green balloons" during a night of BDSM intercourse. Jetton eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault charges from the incident. Not surprisingly, Jetton went through a divorce shortly after.

Now, though, he says he's turned his life around.