Former Rogers Officer Pleads Guilty to Domestic Battery
A former Rogers police sergeant arrested on suspicion of choking his wife and threatening to kill her pleaded guilty Tuesday (Aug. 13) to misdemeanor domestic battery, a prosecutor said.
In a plea hearing, Jesse Ray was sentenced to a year on probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, said Denis Dean, deputy prosecuting attorney. Ray also is prohibited from carrying a gun and must attend domestic violence classes at Ozark Guidance, Dean said.
The hearing occurred before Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay.
Last month, Ray resigned from the Rogers Police Department.
In May he was booked into the Washington County Detention Center on suspicion of felony aggravated assault and terroristic threatening, along with a misdemeanor charge of third-degree domestic battery, according to the Rogers Police Department.
He later was released on $5,000 bond.
Ray pleaded not guilty in June to the charges and was given an Aug. 13 trial date in Washington County Circuit Court.
However, on the morning of Aug. 13 Ray asked for a new trial date. The date was reset to begin Sept. 10, but then he changed his mind and agreed later that morning to a plea agreement, Dean said.
The plea agreement means Ray accepted a lesser misdemeanor conviction instead of facing felony charges, Dean said.
The Rogers Police Department placed Ray on paid administrative leave following his arrest on May 17, deputies said.
According to a preliminary arrest report, Washington County deputies responded to a report of assault at a home on North Jackson Highway in Lincoln on that date in May. Patricia Ray complained she had been choked and beaten up by her husband, Jesse Ray, the report states.
Deputies said Patricia Ray had visible injuries on her face, neck and arms, the report states.
Ray and his wife were at a family member’s house for a birthday party when Ray asked to talk to her in private. That’s when he choked her, beat her and threatened to kill her, the report states.
Ray threw a baseball-style cap at Patricia, cutting her forehead, Dean said.
The victim’s family told Ray to leave, and he later was arrested by deputies, the report states.
The couple sought a divorce, which became final the week before Ray pleaded guilty, Dean said.
Ray shot and killed a suspect in 2009 during a traffic stop, after which the shooting was declared justified, according to the Rogers Police Department.