sexual assault

Victim Response
2:26 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

New coordinated offices part of Missoula police effort to better deal with victims of violence

Missoula police detective Connie Bruckner
Credit Sally Mauk

The Missoula police gave local media a tour of new offices and a new interview room they say will add to their improved response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
    Sergeant Travis Welsh says the improved facilities are part of the department's agreement with the federal Department of Justice to deal more sensitively with victims.

"They're going to help us relate to victims better," said Welsh. "And be able to understand what we're seeing and what we're hearing as we investigate the cases."

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Pabst for county attorney
1:49 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

The Missoula county attorney’s race may be the hottest race in town

Missoula democratic county attorney candidate Kirsten Pabst

The democratic primary race for Missoula county attorney is more high profile than usual this election - first, since there is no Republican candidate, the winner of the primary will be the next county attorney. Secondly, the current county attorney Fred Van Valkenburg has made headlines because of his legal fight with the federal Justice department over his office's past handling of sexual assault cases.

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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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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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