Man cited for sex assault accusations at Bitterroot music festival

A man was cited in Ravalli County following accusations he sexually assaulted multiple women and exposed himself at a music festival near Darby last month.

Ravalli County Justice Court documents show Travis W. Mendenhall is facing four sexual assault citations along with an indecent exposure violation and disorderly conduct citation — all are misdemeanors.

Ravalli County Attorney Bill Fullbright said Mendenhall, reportedly of Missoula, was arrested on July 30 but bailed out the following day. He pleaded not guilty to the offenses, according to Fullbright.

Around 12:30 p.m. on July 30, the host of the Crystal Mountain Music Festival called Ravalli County authorities reporting that a man attending the gathering, identified as Mendenhall in the citation form, sexually assaulted a woman at the festival.

The responding deputy spoke with four women who reported assault. They told the deputy they were touched inappropriately, including Mendenhall putting his hand between three of the accusers’ legs repeatedly after being told to stop, according to the citation document. The fourth woman accused Mendenhall of touching her back and arms multiple times and kissing her on the cheek.

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