A University of Montana student has made a police report alleging starting Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson raped her, according to the Missoula Police Department.
Detective Sgt. Bob Bouchee said Monday the woman filed the complaint late Friday afternoon.
A week earlier, the woman received a temporary restraining order against Johnson, which forbids him from coming within 1,500 feet of her or her home, and from threatening or harassing her.
The order is in effect until March 27. Johnson is scheduled to appear in Missoula Municipal Court Tuesday morning for a hearing on whether the order should be continued.
Through his attorney, David Paoli, Johnson denied the allegations. Paoli said that Johnson and the woman are acquaintances, and that the alleged incident happened last month.
The Grizzlies football team began spring practice Monday. UM vice president Jim Foley said that for the time being, the university’s new Student-Athlete Conduct Code is being applied to Johnson.
Specifically, Foley said, Johnson is cited under the section of Category 3 violations that apply when a student-athlete “is found to have engaged in conduct that is deemed inappropriate, reckless, inciting, or malicious which brings embarrassment to the team, the Department of Athletics, or the campus, community, but does not rise to the threshold of a Category 2 violation.”
Category 2 violations include misdemeanor offenses; Category 1 is reserved for student-athletes charged with felonies.
“The code of conduct will speak for itself,” Foley said of Johnson’s case.
The code’s mandatory minimum sanction for a Category 3 violation lists one or more of the following, depending on the offense: mandatory alcohol or drug counseling, community service, a letter of apology, a behavior contract, restitution, parent/guardian notification, or suspension from practice or team activities.
“We’ll continue to monitor him as time goes along,” Foley said. “It’s a new day and there’s a new athletic code of conduct. We’re going to be very clear and consistent in terms of how we apply it.”
Such consistency was one of the recommendations in a report filed Jan. 31 by former Montana Supreme Court Justice Diane Barz, hired by the university to examine issues surrounding allegations of sexual assault involving students.
Although federal law mandates decisive action in such cases, “this is the most difficult part for the UM and other universities because the guidelines are not clear on what constitutes ‘prompt and effective steps,’ ” Barz wrote in her report.
Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, email@example.com, or @CopsAndCourts on Twitter.