Fred Van Valkenburg

Identifying Herself For First Time
5:18 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

UM Rape Victim To Tell Story On 60 Minutes

The woman whose claim that she was raped in 2010 led to the punishment of four University of Montana football players, including the expulsion of one, will tell her story on the television show 60 Minutes Reports on Showtime tonight.

Kelsey Belnap is revealing her identity for the first time. She says four football players raped her one night after a drinking competition at an apartment near the University. She reported the incident to Missoula police, but Missoula County Prosecutor Fred Van Valkenburg did not press charges.

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USDOJ investigation
4:03 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Missoula County Attorney meets with county commision to explain agreement

Credit Edward O'Brien

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg met with the County Commission today to discuss the most recent revelations concerning his ongoing dispute with the United States Department of Justice.

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USDOJ Investigation
5:57 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Landquist: Van Valkenburg threw the Missoula County Commission “under the bus”

A 2012 letter from then-Attorney General Steve Bullock to UDDOJ's Montana representative Michael Cotter requests a meeting to discuss the federal agency's investigation into how Missoula handles sexual assault.

A Missoula County Commissioner believes County Attorney, Fred Van Valkenburg is throwing the commission “under the bus” in the county’s lawsuit against the federal Department of Justice.

The DOJ has been investigating how Missoula law enforcement, the University of Montana and the County Attorney’s Office handle sexual assault cases after a string of such crimes were brought to light in 2012.

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DOJ Letter
10:03 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Dispute between Missoula county attorney and feds could still end up in court

Missoula county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg at an earlier press conference, with former DOJ assistant attorney general (and current Labor secretary) Thomas Perez taking notes
Credit Kurt Wilson, Missoulian

Missoula county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is willing to negotiate a "memorandum of understanding" with the federal Justice department, as a way of resolving DOJ's concerns about the way the county attorney's office has handled past sexual assault investigations.   The offer is contained in a letter written by Van Valkenburg and sent to U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter.

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D-o-J investigations
2:36 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Missoula County officials to discuss Justice Department this week

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg is scheduled to meet with county officials later this week to discuss the standoff between his office and the U.S. Department of Justice.
      The Justice Department earlier this year reached agreements with the University of Montana and the City of Missoula after investigations revealed deficiencies in how they responded to reports of sexual assault.  Those agreements required UM and the city take several steps to improve their responses.

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Missoula sexual assault allegations
11:04 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Missoula county attorney says U.S. Department of Justice is "out of line"