Former University of Montana Law Student Apprehended in Canada on Sexual Assault and Kidnapping Charges

Former University of Montana Law Student Apprehended in Canada on Sexual Assault and Kidnapping Charges

Cole L. Levine, a former University of Montana law student, has been apprehended in Canada on charges of sexual assault and attempted kidnapping. The arrest was made after law enforcement issued a warrant for Levine’s arrest. The charges stem from an incident in which a woman reported being attacked by Levine in a downtown alleyway in Missoula. Levine’s case has been pending trial since the incident.

Last Friday, Canadian authorities picked up Levine after Missoula’s pretrial services alerted officials about a release violation. A $2,000,000 warrant was subsequently issued for his arrest. On October 19, Levine’s GPS monitor indicated his presence near Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, before communication ceased.

Levine is facing three felony charges: attempted kidnapping, attempted sexual intercourse without consent, and aggravated assault causing reasonable apprehension. He had previously pleaded not guilty to these charges. According to charging documents, the alleged incident occurred on the evening of August 17, 2022, when Levine engaged the woman verbally and then forced himself on her. As she tried to escape and call 911, Levine chased, grabbed, and tripped her, taking her phone in the process. Law enforcement later recovered Levine’s phone at the scene.

Levine is currently awaiting an extradition hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Missoula County Attorney’s Office is in contact with Canadian law enforcement to determine where Levine will be sent. His trial for the Missoula charges is scheduled for February. Levine initially hired a private attorney but is now representing himself. This is the second time Levine has absconded, as he left New Mexico earlier this year and was subsequently apprehended in California.

 

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