Prosecutors have charged University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson with raping an acquaintance in February after she invited him to her room to watch a movie.
According to the Associated Press, Johnson was charged Tuesday with having sexual intercourse without consent.
Johnson previously denied the allegation. Attorney David Paoli released a statement Tuesday that said Johnson and his family "are surprised and saddened" by the timing of the criminal charge, since the encounter took place in February and police have been aware of the allegation since the woman filed a report six weeks later.
University President Royce Engstrom said that given the charges, Johnson has been suspended from football team activities, as called for by the student athlete conduct code.
It's the latest turn in a sexual assault scandal at the University that has prompted three investigations by federal governmental agencies and the NCAA. The Department of Justice and Department of Education are investigating how the University and city officials responded to reports of sexual assault on campus and in Missoula.
According to court documents, Johnson and the female student have known each other since 2010 and they began texting each other regularly in December 2011.
On Feb. 4, they decided to watch a movie together in the woman's room. He then kissed her, pulled her on top of him and tried to take off her shirt, according to the court documents.
When she resisted, he became aggressive, pulled her clothes off and raped her.
Afterward, the woman sent a text to her roommate in the next room that said, "Omg ... I think I might have just gotten raped."
Johnson said it was consensual sex and that he broke off communications with the woman afterward because he liked another woman and didn't want that woman to be upset if she knew he had sex with the alleged victim.
Johnson is due in court Aug. 14.