Former UM quarterback acquitted of rape charges

After a highly-publicized trial, former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson was found not guilty of rape charges March 1.

Allegations against Johnson first surfaced in March 2012 when a restraining order was filed against him by a fellow UM student for allegedly raping her after the two watched a movie in February of that year.

The trial began with jury selection on Feb. 8. Jury deliberations on Friday lasted less than three hours.

In January of this year, former UM running back Beau Donaldson received a 30-year prison sentence for raping a childhood acquaintance as she slept on the couch. Donaldson will be eligible for parole after two and a half years of time served. UM and Missoula are also the subjects of ongoing investigation by the U.S. Justice Department and the N.C.A.A.

Johnson was suspended from the UM football team pending the outcome of the trial, but the Missoulian reported that he was reinstated to the Griz on Tuesday.