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Aug 1, 2012 12:32 AM by KPAX (Missoula)

UM Griz quarterback Johnson charged with rape

University of Montana Griz football quarterback Jordan Johnson was charged on Tuesday in Missoula County Court with sexual intercourse without consent, according to a county attorney press release.

A University of Montana student reported to police that on February 4, Johnson came over to her house to watch a movie.

The woman told police that Johnson turned "from playful to aggressive," and raped her, according to the charging documents.

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."

Paoli went on to say that Jordan "looks forward to the opportunity to prove his innocence at trial."

Johnson's first court appearance is scheduled for August 14.Jean Gee, the assistant athletic director at UM, tells us that Johnson has been suspended from the team indefinitely.

The Student Conduct Code states that any student charged with a felony is automatically suspended from the team.


(March 15, 2012) A woman has filed a temporary restraining order against a University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson, accusing him of sexual assault.

The woman filed the court documents on Friday in the Missoula Municipal Court and court records state the Temporary Order of Protection names Johnson.

Court documents state that the woman asked for protection after an alleged sexual assault and the Missoula County Sheriff's Office served his attorney with the documents on Monday.

The court documents don't specify what happened, but they do say Johnson has to stay 1,500 feet away from the woman and her house. He can't threaten the woman or commit any acts of violence against her. Johnson is also not allowed to contact the woman in any way.

This is a temporary order of protection and a hearing is scheduled for next week to determine if it will become permanent.

Johnson has not been charged with a crime.

We showed University of Montana vice president Jim Foley with a copy of the restraining order on Thursday and he says it was the first he's seen it, or heard of the situation.

He also said he would inform UM President Royce Engstrom, the head of public safety, and the dean of students Thursday night of the order.

Foley would not comment or go on camera and said if a related university investigation is underway, he wouldn't know about it because of the privacies contained in the student conduct code.

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