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Montana lawmaker was school principal during alleged abuse

September 28, 2018

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana lawmaker served as principal at a school during some of the time when a former athletic trainer is accused of sexually abusing students decades ago.

A lawsuit accuses James E. “Doc” Jensen of Miles City of sexually abusing at least 18 students under the guise of boosting their athletic performance while he was a part-time athletic trainer Custer County High School from the 1970s until about 1998.

Authorities are investigating the allegations.

Great Falls Republican Rep. Fred Anderson served as principal of the school from 1982-2002. He is now vice chair of the state House interim education committee.

Anderson tells the Great Falls Tribune that he recalls Jensen being fired in 1998 by the superintendent following a misconduct complaint but he didn’t know if the victim was offered aid or counseling.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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