UPDATE – One Year Later – DOJ To Investigate Handling Of Sexual Assaults [AUDIO]
UPDATE- One Year Later....there has still been no definitive word on progress on the U.S. government's investigations into the University of Montana, the city and county regarding sexual assaults.
The Department of Justice came to Missoula today to begin a series of investigations into how the University of Montana, The Missoula Police Department and the Missoula County Attorney's Office is handling the rash of sexual assaults that have occurred in Missoula over the past 18 months. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez will be the point man for the investigations. Mr. Perez held a news conference Tuesday afternoon in which Mayor Jon Engen, University of Montana President Royce Engstrom, Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir and Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg all took part.
Included in a press release, Attorney General Eric Holder wrote, 'The allegations that the University of Montana, the local police department and the County Attorney's Office failed to adequately address sexual assaults are very disturbing.' Mr. Perez' opening comments are below. He speaks after being introduced by the U. S. Attorney for Montana, Michael Cotter.