MISSOULA, Mont. — A former University of Montana quarterback was acquitted Friday in a rape trial that has played out amid NCAA and federal investigations into how the city and school respond to rape allegations on campus.
The accusations against Jordan Johnson, 20, have drawn much attention in Montana, where UM football is the top sports attraction. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours.
Johnson led the University of Montana to a successful 2011 season as starting quarterback before being accused of assaulting a woman as they watched a movie together at her home last February.
His case has played out against a backdrop of NCAA and federal investigations of the university’s athletic department and the manner in which rape allegations are handled on campus, investigated by police and prosecuted by the Missoula County attorney’s office.