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UM Committee Let Suspected Rapist Return For Spring Semester

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University of Montana officials said after facing charges for the burglary at Bridger Bowl, Schwartz met with a review committee to decide if he could return for the 2014 Spring semester.

They allowed him to enroll, but only under specific conditions, which were violated Tuesday night. University officials said they can't release much information. ABC FOX MONTANA does know, under one of those conditions, Schwartz was not allowed to live in or enter any residence halls.

18-year-old Timothy Schwartz was arrested twice on Tuesday after a female student reported he raped her in her Jesse Hall dorm room the previous night.

University of Montana, Vice President for Integrated Communications, Peggy Kuhr said Schwartz was arrested by campus law enforcement for criminal trespassing Tuesday morning, before being arrested by Missoula police for sexual intercourse without consent.

"He did violate his conditions, and as a result he was arrested by campus law enforcement," Kuhr said.

This is not Schwartz's first run-in with the law, while being enrolled as a UM student. In December, Schwartz was charged in Gallatin County for stealing items including alcohol, Go Pro video cameras, and clothing from two businesses at Bridger Bowl. All of the items were found in his dorm room.

"There's an obligation to ensure the safety and security of the campus," Kuhr said.

Then why was Schwartz allowed back on campus after his criminal past?

"It can be possible to have a person with this sort of situation in his or her past, come as student, because there is an obligation to make sure people have the best education there is available to them," Kuhr said.

She said under Board of Regents policy, Montana students with a rough history can apply to meet with a review committee, who will decide if it's safe for the student to be on campus.

"There was a request, and the committee did meet, but there was conditions on his coming back," Kuhr said.

She also said a student conduct code lets students know what the university expects of them.

"We want to make sure students know that conduct expectations fall in a number of areas, and obviously sexual assault is one of them," Kuhr said.

Since Schwartz violated the student conduct code, university officials will have to decide how to discipline him. Only then will they know if he could continue with his classes.

The Gallatin County case involving Schwartz is ongoing. He could face a $50,000 fine or 20 years in jail, if convicted of each burglary count.

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