Nicholas Schwaderer, GOP candidate for HD14, made headlines this morning for sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman in 2008. The sexual assault resulted in “a permanent hold on his student registration at the University of Montana four years ago.”
In 2008, Mr. Schwaderer gave a young and very drunk woman a ride home from a bar. When she woke up the following morning she had bruises on her inner thighs and face. Police reports confirm the bruising. Mr. Schwaderer also admitted to police that he engaged in sexual activity with the victim.
Schwaderer’s only defense against the young woman’s charges is that he was unaware that she was intoxicated. That’s an incredibly flawed defense.
If Schwaderer was acting as a designated driver, then obviously his passenger was intoxicated. Additionally, as a designated driver, we must assume Schwaderer was sober. That means any sexual activity Schwadereer engaged in was not consensual.
Schwaderer also claims that he is innocent because the “case was fully investigated by the Missoula Police Department.” No need to go into much detail why that defense is also flawed.
The woman, who now teaches outside of Montana, decided to come forward and tell her story because she doesn’t think Schwaderer has the necessary character to serve in the Montana legislature. One would have to agree.
It should also be noted that the victim tried to dissuade Schwaderer from running numerous times before going to the press.