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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Woman in rape case tells her side

  • A Dodge City woman who brought a videotape recording to the Dodge City Police Department earlier this month, allegedly depicting a local minister and her former boss sexually assaulting her, is telling her side of the story, recalling the abuse and how it all began.
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  •  A Dodge City woman who brought a videotape recording to the Dodge City Police Department earlier this month, allegedly depicting a local minister and her former boss sexually assaulting her, is telling her side of the story, recalling the abuse and how it all began. 
     The woman said the trouble began when she started volunteering at New Hope Compassion Ministries USA/International distribution center located at 1311 First Ave. New Hope was established as an extension of New Hope Dodge City based ministry — a center turned "thrift store" when it began providing clothes, furniture, toys, personal items etc. to those in need. 
     Through her volunteering, the opportunity for a paid position presented itself and she became an employee at New Hope with local Pastor and New Hope director, Dr. Jerry Ketner, as her boss. 
     The woman alleges that from the start, her interactions with her supervisor made her feel uncomfortable. She said he was at times aggressive with customers of New Hope. 
     "There would be a lot of times when a woman would come in and he had the habit of rubbing them on the shoulder or on the back when he'd talk to them," she said. "(He) started to take out aggression on customers when he wasn't having his way with me, he would kick things around or tell customers they couldn't take certain things." 
     "Having his way" is how the Dodge City woman describes the repeated sexual abuse that eventually led her to accuse the church leader. 
     According to the woman, it first began in 2012, when her 11-year-old son required medical treatment in Kansas City. The boy and his father found themselves short of money when it came time to return to Dodge City. Desperate for funds, she thought New Hope might help, so she turned to Dr. Ketner.
     That help allegedly came with a hefty price. 
     She said Dr. Ketner did indeed agree to help her, making out a check to her but only days later he asked that "favor" be returned with sexual favors. 
     "He said I owed him now and would tell me to put my hands inside of his pants or he'd want to fondle me in my private area." 
      The woman said a second incident occurred in April 2013 when she found herself in a medical emergency and needed money to cover the expense of a biopsy and again in September in 2013 when she needed money for another medical appointment. 
     According to the woman, her husband turned to Dr. Ketner to help cover her medical expenses. At the time he knew nothing of the sexual abuse and she feared telling him. 
    Page 2 of 2 -  The woman said her worsening health finally overcame her fear and she knew she had to put a stop to the abuse somehow. Having being diagnosed with cancer, she underwent chemotherapy which left her weak and she knew she could not defend herself against further attacks. Tthat's when she thought to set up a video camera in a bedroom, assuming that without "hard evidence," her word against his would not mean much. 
     She alleges that on March 6, 2014, Dr. Ketner knew her husband was out of town and took opportunity to show up at the Center numerous times. 
     "That day he was acting real weird," she recalled. "He would come and go, come and go, he circled the block like about five times." 
     According to the woman, Dr. Ketner made his way inside then proceeded to ask her how the bedrooms were doing and to show them to him, that's when the woman seized the opportunity to lure him into the room where the video camera had already been set up. 
     The video, which was viewed by the Globe, appears to support the allegations against Dr. Ketner.
     The woman said Dr. Ketner instilled a lot of fear in her, saying if she went to the police, she would be punished for being an undocumented immigrant and that he was a very well-known and powerful man who could would not be held liable for his actions. She said, although she still fears,  she knows she's doing the right thing by "telling the truth" and "wanted prevent it from happening to anyone else." 
     Dr. Ketner is currently out on a $10,000 bond. He is on house arrest and required to wear an electronic monitor on his ankle. He is scheduled for a docket preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. on March 20, 2014
     

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