On Tuesday, District Judge Karen Townsend denied a request by attorney's for suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson asking for transcripts of text messages sent and received by Johnson's alleged victim.

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg said Wednesday that he was pleased with District Judge Karen Townsend's order denying the defense access to thousands of text messages from the alleged victim from April of 2011 till the present.

Van Valkenburg also commented on the legal staff working on the case, saying Deputy County Attorney Suzy Boylan is the lead prosecutor, with some assistance by Joel Thompson from the prosecutor's bureau of the State Attorney General's office.

Van Valkenburg made headlines on May 1st when he challenged representatives from the U. S. Justice Department regarding their investigation into the county attorney's office. Van Valkenburg says he has not received any communications from the Justice Department since June, and that he has no idea as to what they are doing. He said 'it remains a considerable mystery to me'.

Johnson's trial is set for February 8th on a charge of sexual intercourse without consent.

Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg