University of Montana Quarterback Charged With Rape in Ongoing Sex-Assault Probe

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The quarterback of the University of Montana football team was charged with rape Tuesday, as the investigation into numerous sexual-assault incidents at the Missoula school gets deeeper and uglier.

Jordan Johnson, 20, was charged by the Missoula County district attorney on Tuesday, the second member of the football team to face such charges. Johnson was immediately suspended from the team pending the outcome of criminal proceedings.

The U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights have both launched separate investigations into allegations of sexual assault at the University of Montana. The Justice Department cited more than 80 reported rapes in Missoula in three years, including at least 11 student-related cases in recent months.

A Justice Department spokesman said in May that feds are focusing on complaints that local law enforcement failed to properly investigate and prosecute sexual assaults on women in Missoula because of gender discrimination.

The local economy of Missoula—a city of approximately 86,000—depends heavily on Montana's flagship research institution.