UM rape suspect pleads not guilty in Missoula court

Zoe Buchli

A man accused of raping two women on the University of Montana campus last fall made his first court appearance in Missoula on Monday morning.

Andrew Parker Beckett pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

Each count is punishable by up to 20 years in Montana State Prison and a $50,000 fine. Missoula County District Court Judge Jason Marks presided.

Court documents allege Beckett sexually assaulted two women last September on UM’s campus.

On Sept. 8, 2021, a woman met Beckett, who was an acquaintance and classmate of hers, according to charging documents filed in Missoula County last month. He suggested the two watch a movie later that day in his dorm room located in Knowles Hall on the UM campus.

When the two were hanging out, Beckett expressed that he wanted to have sex. The woman thought this was awkward because there was a third person in the room, according to the case document. She told Beckett “I don’t want to,” and “no,” several times.

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