DOJ Investigators Arrive To Interview Missoula Police, U of Montana Officials

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U.S. Department of Justice investigators will interview Missoula police Wednesday and Thursday about 518 sexual assault reports, ranging from misdemeanors to rape, over the past four years, Chief Mark Muir said Tuesday.

The DOJ interviews are part of a wide-ranging investigation – that followed reports in December of sexual assaults involving University of Montana students – into how such cases are handled in Missoula and at UM.

On Tuesday, DOJ attorneys interviewed Lucy France, director of UM’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, for several hours, France said. Others involved in sexual assault investigations at UM will be interviewed throughout the week, she said.

The DOJ investigation includes UM’s Office of Public Safety and the Missoula County Attorney’s Office. However, County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg has refused to cooperate.

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