Woman says she videotaped minister's abuse
Updated On: Mar 13 2014 10:36:55 PM CDT
A Dodge City woman recounts her experiences with a local minister she says raped and molested her over several months.
"But, I don't want to continue living like that, in that oppressed manner," she said in Spanish.
The woman says she finally came forward last week after video taping one of his visits as proof.
We told you about the arrest of Dr. Jerrold Ketner last Friday. Ketner is a minister and runs New Hope Compassion Ministries in Dodge City. He faces seven charges including rape, attempted rape and blackmail.
We are protecting the woman's identity because of the nature of the charges. In this story, we'll call her Paulina.
"He's been in Dodge City for about 20 years. He and his wife of 59 years have become pillars of that community by serving that community," said Sal Intagliata, hired as Ketner's attorney on Tuesday. Dr. Jerrold Ketner is known in Dodge City for his work with New Hope Compassion Ministries, helping those in need.
'Paulina' says she was one of those he helped. She says he gave her a job at the ministry's distribution center and her family a home. But then she says it all changed a year and a half ago.
"In the video you see when he's hugging me, touching me, when he takes out his (genitalia)," she said.
Eyewitness News has seen the video. It appears to support her claims.
'Paulina' says the abuse began when she got sick and couldn't pay for the treatments. She says she asked Ketner for help and he demanded sexual favors as payment.
"I asked him for help and he told me, 'Yes, I'm going to help you. You know what you have to do,'" she said.
She says the abuse continued for months, along with threats. She is an undocumented immigrant and felt she had no choice.
"He was always telling me, 'Either you go in the bedroom with me and do what I tell you or I'm going to talk to immigration and I'm going to send you back to Mexico," 'Paulina' said.
After deciding to come forward, 'Paulina' says she was still afraid no one would believe her.
"He's a very important person. And compared, me with him, I'm not anyone. Who are the police going to believe?" she asked. "So I decided to look for a camera and with the camera take a video. So that I could have the proof right here and they can't tell me it's not true."
She and friend set up the camera and recorded Ketner's next visit. She took the video to police and, a day later, officers arrested Ketner.
But she kept a copy of the video, just in case.
"I have a copy of the video because I didn't want them to say that I was a liar, that they were pure lies," said 'Paulina'.
We tried to speak with Dr. Ketner. His family directed us to his attorney who tells us the minister is a loving father and grandfather and is looked upon as a pillar of the Dodge City community.
"That everybody withhold any judgement as we continue to investigate the accusations and that they take seriously the presumption of innocence to which he is entitled," asked Intagliata.
Eyewitness News spoke with a close associate of Dr. Ketner. He told us he's known Ketner for more than 20 years and Ketner has been suffering several health problems. He said Ketner has had multiple strokes, has dementia, and hasn't been the same man in the last couple of years that he's known for decades.
Ketner is out of jail on a $10,000 bond. He's on house arrest and required to wear an electronic monitor on his ankle. One of the conditions of his release is that he have no contact with any of the witnesses in the case, including 'Paulina'. Ketner is scheduled to return to court next week.