University of Montana running back Beau Donaldson was being held in the Missoula County Detention Facility Friday evening on a charge of sexual intercourse without consent.

Donaldson was booked into the jail at 5:46 p.m. on a suggested bail of $100,000.

"It's obviously a new development and we will continue to monitor the judicial process over the next few days, including Monday," UM vice president Jim Foley said Friday night. Donaldson is scheduled for his initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

"Hopefully we will have further information about this over the course of the next couple of days," Foley said.

Foley would not comment on whether Donaldson was arrested as part of an investigation announced Dec. 14 into alleged sexual assaults on campus of two female students, reportedly drugged, by multiple male students. At the time, neither of the women had made police reports.

The university hired an outside investigator, former Montana Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz, to conduct that investigation. The probe originally was expected to be completed within two weeks.

On Tuesday, UM released a preliminary report from Barz that said the investigation would take at least two months. The university will retain Barz at her $150-an-hour rate for the length of the probe, according to Foley.

Barz's preliminary report listed coaches and student-athletes as among the 30 people she's interviewed so far. It also indicated the probe has expanded from the original two incidents on campus, which includes Greek housing, to include a reported assault off campus.

And, it chided the university for what it called an apparent "gap in reporting sexual assaults."

"There is evidence that there has been a sexual assault that has not been appropriately reported and investigated," the preliminary report said.

After an October incident involving two Griz players who were tased by police while being arrested during a rowdy party, Foley accompanied the two on a Sunday afternoon to the offices of prominent law firm Datsopoulos, MacDonald and Lind.

The players, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and quarterback Gerald Kemp, eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct.

At the time, Foley said "when high-profile student issues, or university issues - (involving) faculty and staff, too - raise their head in the public domain, we regularly meet to figure out how best the university can respond." Friday night, Foley said there would be no such meeting with Donaldson. Nor would anyone from the university involve himself in meetings with Donaldson's attorney, he said.

Donaldson, 22, is a junior who graduated in 2008 from Missoula's Big Sky High School.

The 6-foot-1, 233-pound Donaldson sat out the 2010 football season with a leg injury and returned this year for 11 carries with 81 yards and nine tackles, playing mostly special teams, before being injured in the Montana State game on Oct. 29. "It was a season-ending injury," Foley said.

At Big Sky, he set 10 school records in football and was the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior.

Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio @missoulian.com, or CopsAndCourts.com.

 

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