University of Montana Dean Testifies Woman Was “Absolute Wreck” After Seeing Jordan Johnson for the First Time After the Night She Alleges He Raped Her
Lori Morin, the assistant dean of student affairs at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Montana, said that the alleged victim came to her about a month after the night she had accused suspended Grizzlies quarterback Jordan Johnson of raping her after seeing him for the first time since that night and was sobbing and hugging on to her.
“She was an absolute wreck,” Morin said. “She was terrified.”
Morin said this was the second interaction with the woman regarding the alleged sexual assault, which she said took place Feb. 4, 2012 at her home when the two were watching a movie. The woman testified last week in the opening days of the trial that she went to Morin about the sexual assault to ensure that someone in the pharmacy school knew what happened, in case anything else happened. She said she trusted Morin, and saw her as a mother figure.
Morin testified today, Feb. 20, 2013, in Missoula County District Court that the woman initially told her about the alleged incident on Feb. 6, 2012, and then asked to meet with her about a month later after seeing Johnson on campus.
Morin herself broke down crying on the stand as she answered questions about the alleged victim and the situation surrounding the trial.
When asked by Assistant Attorney General Joel Thompson with the prosecution if the woman was possibly making up that she was fearful, Morin said that wasn’t possible.
“No one can just make up what she was feeling,” Morin said.
Morin said that following the incident she noticed the alleged victim’s demeanor change in class. She was “stoic” and sometimes had tears in her eyes. Although, the woman was able to keep her performance up in class, according to Morin, she said it has been a difficult time for her.
“She’s extremely stressed, all of the time,” Morin said. “It’s been very, very hard on her, and it’s been hard on everybody.”
Dean Lori Morin
Thompson also asked Morin about the alleged victim’s response to former UM football coach Robin Pflugrad and former UM athletic director Jim O’Day being fired. She said the woman was, “very upset.”
During cross-examination by the defense’s Kirsten Pabst, Morin admitted that students view her as strict, and that her relationship with the alleged victim improved after the incident.
Morin told Pabst that at the end of the conversation she had with the woman the first day she told her of the alleged rape, that she asked her “Who did this to you?” and “What are you going to do?” Morin said the woman eluded to who her alleged attacker was for the first time at this point.
“Whatever I do, the university football team will be without a quarterback,” was the woman’s response according to Morin’s testimony.
Dean Lori Morin with Kirsten Pabst
In her testimony during the prosecution’s questioning, Morin said that students come to her when they have problems and that she has a “watch list” that she uses to keep track of those who may be troubled.
Morin answered to both the prosecution and the defense regarding a group of the alleged victim’s friends coming to her and asking her to help encourage the woman to file a police report. She said that she told the woman’s friends that it was up to her and that she would not help them convince her.
Morin also testified the alleged victim was upset after being contacted by a private investigator who was hired by the defense. She told Pabst that she was not aware that the woman exchanged hundreds of texts with the investigator.
She also said that the alleged victim did not tell her about grabbing Johnson’s crotch, and at first also didn’t tell her about taking off his shirt.
Morin said that of the 1,200 students in the pharmacy school, about a half a dozen of them had stayed at her house, including the alleged victim in this case. She said she considers her house a safe house for students dealing with traumatic situations.
Earlier in the day, three of the alleged victim’s friends individually took the stand for the prosecution. Kelsie Hanson, Lillian Kendall and Kelsey McCall were all questioned by the prosecution and the defense about the alleged victim’s behavior following Feb. 4, 2012.
Each recounted that they notice the woman become more introverted following the night in question. They also said that they were certain that the woman was not making these allegations about Johnson to get attention or for “fun.”
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