''IN MISSOULA COUNTY MONTANA, TWEETERS GET PROSECUTED, BUT RAPISTS GET AWAY WITH THEIR CRIMES.
According to “60 Minutes,” the Missoula County Attorney’s Office prosecuted only 14 of 85 sexual assault cases in four years – 16%. But the Missoula County Attorney’s Office has prosecuted 100% of Tweet cases, Email cases, and publishing a person’s name cases. In the history of every federal and state appellate court decision, no one has ever been denied the right to publish a person’s name.
The University of Montana officials, law enforcement people, prosecutors, and judges are the very same ones that Bill Windsor is battling.''
Missoula Law Enforcement and the University of Montana knew how bad it was and DID NOTHING. I, investigative blogger, Crystal Cox, told them way before the DOJ investigation.
Bill Windsor reported on my TRUE story and about my Death threat stalker, and the University of Montana and Missoula Montana Police have maliciously prosecuted him for it and will be liable for MILLIONS in tax pay dollars to pay for false imprisonment.
As Montana Law Enforcement has used Protective Orders against me, Crystal Cox, Montana Native and Bill Windsor who stood up for the victims of Montana Corruption.
'''60 Minutes Sports' looks at allegations of rape, cover-up at UM
The woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by four University of Montana football players in 2010 criticized the Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Attorney’s Office for their handling of the case on a "60 Minutes Sports" interview that aired Tuesday night.
Broadcast to a national audience on Showtime, the report also contended that former UM head football coach Robin Pflugrad knew about the alleged gang rape but failed to inform school officials.
Those officials, including former UM Dean of Students Charles Couture, wouldn’t learn of the alleged rape for a year. Pflugrad declined a request for an interview by "60 Minutes."
Seated before the camera, former UM student Kelsey Belnap told reporter Armen Keteyian that she arrived at an off-campus apartment at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2010, for a party to celebrate the end of final exams.
Belnap said alcohol played a central role at the Missoula party, which quickly turned into a drinking game. She said seven others were present, including her best friend and five UM football players.
“I just remember looking at the clock and it said 6:45-ish, and it kind of blurred,” Belnap said. “I was like, OK, I’m done. I need to stop drinking.”
Belnap said she was then led into a bedroom. She remembers someone else walking in and presenting his genitalia. Belnap said no and she tried to push the male away but he grabbed her jaw.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘You need to get up and get out,’ ” she said. “At that point, my brain was not functioning with my body and I couldn’t move.”
Belnap said she blacked out, but remembers her belt being loosened and “people coming in and out of the room.” She was positioned for sex over the bed and didn’t know four males were involved until the police told her later.
Belnap fell ill that evening and a friend drove her to the emergency room at 9 p.m. Her blood alcohol level was 0.219, more than twice the legal limit.
She also told her mother that she thought she’d been raped. She was 21 years old at the time.
“(She) was crying and having a little bit of trouble talking and she said, 'Mom, I think I’ve been raped,' ” Belnap’s mother, Terry, said on the broadcast.
At the hospital, a rape exam would find semen and signs of vaginal trauma. Belnap filed a sexual assault complaint with the Missoula Police Department and was interviewed within 48 hours by two detectives.
During that interview, Belnap said she was interrogated. Detectives asked her how she said “no” and how she pushed away the initial male. She said the interview tactics frightened her and persuaded her to answer questions she wasn’t ready to discuss.
“I was literally thrown – all of these questions are coming at me, you know, describe the situation, so I’m having to relive this again two days later,” she said, adding that she was terrified. “I’m a nervous wreck, trying to keep myself together, not to cry, to be tough.”
The U.S. Department of Justice would later find flaws in MPD’s handling of Belnap’s case and several others. The report, released in May 2013, would criticize MPD for interviewing sexual assault victims in a way “more appropriate for an interrogation of a suspect than a crime victim.”
It also criticized Missoula police for giving suspects too much time to coordinate their stories and for failing to consider when a victim can give consent while under the influence of alcohol.
Mark Muir, the police chief at the time, was asked about state law and one’s inability to give consent while intoxicated. Muir told "60 Minutes" that physical incapacity differs from incapacity of the mind.
“The fact that she had blackouts does not specifically indicate that she was physically helpless at the time,” Muir said, saying there wasn’t enough proof to show the incident involved non-consensual sex.
The broadcast also suggested that Belnap’s sexual assault complaint was brought to the attention of head football coach Pflugrad, “but it stopped right there.” The report said Pflugrad didn’t inform school officials, and that they wouldn’t learn about it for a full year.
Couture, the dean of students at UM at the time, said he was angry and embarrassed by the way Belnap’s complaint was handled. Former UM Vice President Jim Foley sent an email to Couture complaining about Belnap speaking about her alleged rape.
“I was very, very ashamed for the university,” said Couture. “The innuendo had been made that perhaps I should take some action against (Belnap), and I had no intention of doing that.”
Foley, like Pflugrad, declined the broadcast's request for an interview. Foley has since resigned and Pflugrad was fired by the school’s next president, Royce Engstrom.
The Missoula County Attorney’s Office, headed by Fred Van Valkenburg, also came under fire by the Department of Justice, which found evidence of gender bias within the office.
In its report, the DOJ criticized Van Valkenburg’s office for giving the sexual assault of adult women a low priority and for treating female victims of rape with disrespect.
According to "60 Minutes," Van Valkenburg’s office has prosecuted 14 of 85 sexual assault cases in four years, or 16 percent of reported incidents.
On national television, Van Valkenburg continued to resist the DOJ and its findings, saying he didn’t “put much stock” in what the agency had to say. He said it was an easy decision not to prosecute the four football players who allegedly raped Belnap in that Missoula apartment.
“She said ‘no’ to the first assault and pushed the individual away,” Keteyian said to Van Valkenburg during the interview. “Isn’t that enough?”
“I think the escalation of the sexual activity – and the fact that there was nothing said after that initial, ‘No, I don’t want to do that,” Van Valkenburg replied, saying it wasn’t enough to take to trial.
Van Valkenburg added, “This was not a prosecutable case. So I don’t have any sort of regret about not filing this. I don’t think we did anything wrong, and I think it’s unfair for you to attack me.”
An investigation conducted by Couture led to one UM football player’s expulsion. Another involved in the alleged rape was banned from returning to campus after the academic year. The two others faced disciplinary charges if they tried to re-enroll.
The program also credited former Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio for her coverage of the case, which caused a rift in the community between rabid football fans and crime victim advocates.
“Odds are (Belnap’s) story would never have come to light but for the dogged reporting of Gwen Florio,” the program said.''
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