John Micheal Ratliff CEO of Jackson K...

John Micheal Ratliff CEO of Jackson Kayak charged of Rape

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so sad

Sparta, TN

#2 Aug 26, 2011
The Expositor refused to run this in his paper.. even though this man lives in our community and is around our children alot.. this has made me so sick, to think Mr. Shanks would protect this man. I want to know why this is not in our local paper? I have wrote emailed the paper here, and no reply. Mr. Shanks you will be getting an email.
truth please

Quebeck, TN

#3 Aug 26, 2011
that's why i do not purchase the expositor. you can get more reliable info. on the net
so sad

Sparta, TN

#4 Aug 26, 2011
well i have contacted the channel 2 and 5 and 4news... is this not Mr. Shanks JOB to report. i try and stay to myself, but when i feel strong about somethng, i will not push it to the side. someone has to stand up for the vicims and stop protecting these POS.
my opinion

Lake City, SC

#5 Aug 26, 2011
I have read so much trash about this man. All this garbage effects his whole family and after reading the "southern standard article" I find NO PROOF that he has done anything to this girl or any other person. Just accusation! So I say let justice take it's course. Why does it have to be PUBLISHED anywhere to make things right. If it were me, my daughter or my niece I wouldn't want so much publicity! Just saying!
WOW

Sparta, TN

#6 Aug 26, 2011
RIGHT OUT OF THE SOUTHERN STANDARD.....A White County man has been indicted for allegedly raping his teen-age baby-sitter.
The suspect, John Michael Ratliff, is free under $50,000 bond after being indicted recently on charges of rape and aggravated statutory rape. The top charge of rape carries eight to 12 years in prison. Ratliff has been given a trial date of May 29.
Ratliff is accused of having sex with his 17-year-old female baby-sitter at his home.
“She had been working for them as a baby-sitter for quite a while,” said sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland.
The incident happened in 2010, but the investigation took time to close with Rowland saying they had to wait for evidence to be examined at the crime lab.
“This has been a lengthy investigation,” Rowland said of all the evidence which had to be analyzed before the case could be taken to the grand jury.
The teen-age girl maintains Ratliff and his wife came home one evening after reportedly drinking. The girl, who was at the house baby-sitting as normal, said Ratliff’s wife went to another part of the house and apparently fell to sleep. It was at that time she said her longtime employer forced himself on her.
“She alleges he came in one night and forced her to have sex with him,” said Rowland, noting investigators will never likely know the degree of Ratliff’s alleged intoxication, if he was intoxicated at all.
The incident happened when Ratliff lived in Warren County thereby making it part of local jurisdiction
my opinion

Sparta, TN

#7 Aug 26, 2011
WOW wrote:
RIGHT OUT OF THE SOUTHERN STANDARD.....A White County man has been indicted for allegedly raping his teen-age baby-sitter.
The suspect, John Michael Ratliff, is free under $50,000 bond after being indicted recently on charges of rape and aggravated statutory rape. The top charge of rape carries eight to 12 years in prison. Ratliff has been given a trial date of May 29.
Ratliff is accused of having sex with his 17-year-old female baby-sitter at his home.
“She had been working for them as a baby-sitter for quite a while,” said sheriff’s investigator Jason Rowland.
The incident happened in 2010, but the investigation took time to close with Rowland saying they had to wait for evidence to be examined at the crime lab.
“This has been a lengthy investigation,” Rowland said of all the evidence which had to be analyzed before the case could be taken to the grand jury.
The teen-age girl maintains Ratliff and his wife came home one evening after reportedly drinking. The girl, who was at the house baby-sitting as normal, said Ratliff’s wife went to another part of the house and apparently fell to sleep. It was at that time she said her longtime employer forced himself on her.
“She alleges he came in one night and forced her to have sex with him,” said Rowland, noting investigators will never likely know the degree of Ratliff’s alleged intoxication, if he was intoxicated at all.
The incident happened when Ratliff lived in Warren County thereby making it part of local jurisdiction
"alleged" "she said" "reportedly drinking" "accused" "she alleges" "alleged intoxication" Now exactly where is the proof that any of this happened? INNOCENT until PROVEN guilty. That is the way it is supposed to be in the USA.
Todd Haberdasher

Maryville, TN

#8 Aug 26, 2011
Well, yes, but you can say that about any crime. Let's not ever report crimes until a jury finds someone guilty of them. It gets ridiculous.
PowerT

Nashville, TN

#9 Aug 26, 2011
The Expositor has never been a glowing example of fine journalism. It's a small town local paper that primarily reports the happenings in White County. I doubt they have a reporter on the Warren County crime beat. My guess is they simply missed the story.
WAIT

Smartt, TN

#10 Aug 27, 2011
Let's not forget this man has been indicted by the grand jury and arrested.There has to be some strong evidence.Yet you are right, he is innocent untill proven guilty.But when a person has done something to be indicted by a grand jury and arrested and placed under a $50,ooo bond they must think him guilty of something.
TO: PowerT The Expositor did not miss the story.They refuse to print it.They said they will at a later time whatever that means.
I don't understand why everyone is so bent out of shape over the amount of publicity this man is getting for rape..When you get arrester for a DUI your mug shot is the paper or for drugs your in the paper.But when your arrested for RAPE its suppost to be kept quite.
not sure

Sparta, TN

#11 Aug 27, 2011
WAIT: thanks... why should a rape victim be ashame? Why shouldnt we talk about it. Does it really make you a bad person because some POS rapes you? NO wonder these rape crime victims dont want to speak out. Do you know how many victims are sitting there dying inside because if they speak out this is how they will be treated, like the did wrong. Wake up people, i would about guarantee someone very close to you has been sexually abused in some way. And the only reason this not been in expositor is Money talks. I have personally talked to the PUBLISHER MR. Shanks, he said there would be a story in next weeks paper. Guess we will see?
WAIT

Smartt, TN

#12 Aug 27, 2011
What happen to my last post?
Quest

Cookeville, TN

#13 Aug 27, 2011
Is this the same person the Expositor just done the big article on about all his accomplishmeents? Two or three weeks ago.
WAIT

Smartt, TN

#14 Aug 27, 2011
Fair citizens of Sparta, you’re not taking this seriously. The Warren Co. grand jury indicted John M. Ratliff on two counts. One count rape and one count statutory rape. These charges carry a stiff penalty of 8 to 12 years in prison if he is found guilty. They must have had strong enough evidence to indict and arrest him. He is out of jail on a $50,000 bond. Do you really think the grand jury did this as a joke? A policeman can pull someone over for erratic driving but he can’t just arrest them without drug paraphernalia or drugs or some kind of evidence to why they were driving that way. The same goes for this situation. You can’t arrest and charge someone with rape just because “she said.” There would have to be strong evidence. I know he is innocent until proven guilty. BUT! There was evidence enough for ( I say again ) The Grand Jury to indict and arrest him for rape. They will both have their day in court on May 29. As for the girl she is the victim and the state of Tennessee will defend her. Mr. Ratliff is the one who put himself in the position to be indicted and arrested; he is the one to bring this down on his family and his reputation.
so sad

Sparta, TN

#15 Aug 27, 2011
yes it is quest.. They are in the paper all the time.

Since: Jul 11

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#16 Aug 27, 2011
weather this man is inocent or guilty he will never be looked at the same again from here on out.but you can be indicted without any couse what so ever.lets remember a indictment does not prove inocent or guilt.
good grief

Morehead, KY

#17 Aug 27, 2011
Hope he does not move back to Bath, KY. We have enough deadbeats here.
dontknow

Sparta, TN

#18 Aug 27, 2011
I don't know but something about this story stinks. The wife would have awaken if the girl had screamed, did she, why didn't she? A long time babysitter? I would be suspicious that a seventeen year old would come on to him rather than the other way around. IF it happened and who knows the truth, it could have been consentual and then somebody didn't get what she wanted so she cried rape. Just can't see a man raping a lady with his wife in the house. Something stinks here.
so sad

Sparta, TN

#20 Aug 27, 2011
Good Grief: do you know this man?
good grief

Cookeville, TN

#21 Aug 28, 2011
they published all the stuff about the guy who worked at Jongees...what's the difference?
Todd Haberdasher

Maryville, TN

#22 Aug 29, 2011
dontknow wrote:
I don't know but something about this story stinks. The wife would have awaken if the girl had screamed, did she, why didn't she? A long time babysitter? I would be suspicious that a seventeen year old would come on to him rather than the other way around. IF it happened and who knows the truth, it could have been consentual and then somebody didn't get what she wanted so she cried rape. Just can't see a man raping a lady with his wife in the house. Something stinks here.
The article doesn't say anything about screaming. And the wife was passed out drunk anyway.

There's no such thing as consensual sex with a minor. She could have begged for it and pleaded for it as hard as a human being can, it's still against the law.

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