Former UM Employee, Student With Past Conviction Tied to 12 Alleged Sex Crimes

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The University of Montana has been rife with reports of sexual assaults on or near campus. Missoula, Mont. police announced earlier this year that they were investigating the latest incident of alleged rape on campus. That came in the wake of a U.S. Department of Justice announcement in 2012 that it was looking into more than 80 reports of sexual assault in only three years in Missoula. And in a scathing report issued this year, the DOJ accused Missoula prosecutors of giving sexual assault cases their lowest priority.

And now this morning's Missoulian reports that authorities have confirmed that a man accused of harassing and sexually assaulting nine different women in Missoula and on the University of Montana campus worked for the university in the fall of 2013 when most of the incidents occurred.

Jeremy St. Goddard, 28, turned himself in to authorities Sept. 18 but denied all 12 charges lodged against him.  

A spokeswoman for the U of M confirmed that St. Goodard was a student in 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 but never received a degree. He also worked for the university in 2013. The Missoulian reports that St. Goddard had a previous conviction of aggravated sexual abuse in 2005.

Bail has been set on $50,000 and St. Goddard has been ordered to have no contact with his nine alleged victims.