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Beau Donaldson

The Missoula County Attorney’s Office doesn’t want former UM Grizzlies running back Beau Donaldson – charged in a rape case – walking around without a GPS ankle bracelet.

Donaldson was suspended from the football team after being charged in January with sexual intercourse without consent in connection with an alleged December 2010 incident.

As part of the conditions of his release, he must wear the ankle bracelet while awaiting his trial, scheduled for next month.

But in June his defense sought to get rid of the bracelet. The state asked that its response to that motion be sealed, writing in July that “in its response the state refers to confidential information from an evaluation of the defendant provided to counsel to the state with the understanding it will not be disseminated.”

That motion also argued that the response would contain information on “plea discussions between the parties which, if made public, could potentially interfere with the defendant’s right to fair trial.”

Then last week, Donaldson’s pretrial release officer submitted his own recommendation that the GPS device be removed.

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Assistant County Attorney Shaun Donovan filed a response Wednesday renewing the objection to removing the bracelet, and seeking a hearing, where he could present testimony, before Donaldson’s bail conditions are altered.

As of Thursday afternoon, there was no response to that motion filed in Missoula County District Court.

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

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