UM reviews 3 sex assault cases, sends 2 to county attorney for felony rape charges

The University of Montana is investigating three sexual assault cases, two of which also have pending felony rape charges in the Missoula County Attorney’s Office.

The investigations follow three alerts sent out last fall notifying the UM community of sexual assaults reported to campus police, according to UM Police Chief Brad Giffin.

Because the charges are still pending, names of suspects and affidavits detailing the incidents are not available yet.

On Nov. 18, an alert was sent out about a sexual assault at an on-campus residence hall in September. The suspect was known to the survivor, the alert said. Less than a week later, on Nov. 23, a second alert was issued for a sexual assault and strangulation of a student that took place in a dorm, also in September by someone the survivor knew.

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The Dec. 1 alert was for a third dorm assault that occurred just a few days prior. The suspect was known to the victim and an investigation was opened for this case as well.

The two reports from November are currently pending charges, Giffin said. He wasn’t able to clarify if the involved parties are current or

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