Feb 12, 2013 1:34 AM by Irina Cates (Missoula)

Rape trial of suspended UM quarterback begins

MISSOULA - Monday marked the first day of testimony in the rape trial of suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson.

The jury was seated, attorneys made opening statements, and then the alleged victim took the witness stand late in the afternoon.

The UM student testified about her family, high school, college, and her roommates.

Then prosecutors asked about what her expectations were the night the two watched a movie at her apartment.

"I just wanted to get to know him and hang out with him," she said. "Just get to know him again. See how school's going, how life's going."

When the alleged victim was asked if she planned on having sex that night, or if she had had sex with Johnson previously, she said "no" to both questions.

Prosecutors say the alleged victim was betrayed by Johnson, while defense attorneys say the case isn't about rape, but about the woman regretting her decisions.

(August 7, 2012) Suspended University of Montana Quarterback Jordan Johnson, who has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent, is appearing in Missoula District Court this morning.

Johnson, accompanied by his attorneys, is accused in connection with a February incident where a woman claims she was raped, according to the charging documents.

The affidavit also says the victim told Johnson "no" multiple times, and she said she was afraid he would hit her if she resisted.

Court papers further state that the victim said she changed clothes and drove Johnson home after the alleged assault.

She tells police the two didn't speak to each other afterward.

Johnson told police that the encounter was consensual, and he didn't speak to the woman afterward because "he liked another girl."

Johnson told investigators the sex was consensual.

Johnson's attorney, David Paoli, issued a statement, saying in part, "Jordan and his family are surprised and saddened by the county's decision to levy a criminal charge now, given that the encounter between Jordan and the complainant occurred in early February and the police have been aware of the allegation since she filed a report six weeks later."

Johnson was supposed to lead the charge of the Montana Grizzlies football team this season as starting quarterback, but since Johnson has been charged with rape, everything changes.

Under the University of Montana's Student Athlete Conduct Code, this calls for an automatic suspension from all things related to Grizzly football.

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