Former University of Montana football player Beau Donaldson — who pleaded guilty to rape in 2013 — was back in Missoula court again Tuesday, accused of using a smartphone and social media in violation of the terms of his probation.
In a petition to revoke the suspended part of his sentence for sexual intercourse without consent, Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst said Donaldson also has been drinking and going to bars and has lied to his probation officer.
In 2013, Donaldson was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 20 suspended after pleading guilty to a 2010 rape in Missoula. He was released on parole in June 2016 and has been living in Bozeman since that time.
If District Court Judge Karen Townsend finds Donaldson violated the conditions of his suspended sentence, she could sentence him to up to 20 years in the Montana State Prison, the amount of time that was suspended as part of her original sentence.
Donaldson’s attorney Peter Lacny told Townsend on Tuesday he will file a motion to dismiss the revocation request, saying all of the allegations against his client have already been handled by internal probation and parole hearings and sanctions. Donaldson denied the allegations in Pabst's petition during Tuesday's hearing.
In late July, Donaldson was booked into the Gallatin County jail for probation violations, and served three days. At the time, Department of Corrections officials said Donaldson had admitted drinking and being in bars the week before. He was also put on daily alcohol and drug testing for a month after his release.
Pabst’s petition to revoke his suspended sentence said Donaldson also told his supervising officer he had been drinking occasionally since the start of the year.
While Donaldson was in jail, more information about alleged probation violations came to the attention of his supervising officers, the deputy chief of the Bozeman probation and parole office wrote in a letter to Pabst.
Included were allegations that Donaldson had traveled out of state, was drinking, and was using social media. When confronted about the allegations after his release, Donaldson allegedly turned over his smartphone, and the supervising officer found social media accounts on it, in violation of his probation.
At that point he was told he couldn’t leave Gallatin County, had to buy a basic cellphone, and could not be on the internet.
In mid-August, Donaldson allegedly also told his probation officer he had been taking a prescription drug without a prescription and had been in bars again. He also was questioned about allegations of continued use of social media.
According to the letter from the deputy chief of the Bozeman probation office, Donaldson initially denied having another smartphone, but later admitted he did and was still using it. That netted him another seven days in jail.
Donaldson’s case was among those featured in Jon Krakauer’s book "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town."