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UW-Madison student to face more than 30 charges related to sexual assault

20-year-old had book with women's names, descriptions of contact

UW student to face more than 30 charges related to sexual assault

MADISON, Wis. - A University of Wisconsin-Madison student who was arrested last week is expected to face more than 30 counts related to sexual assault.

Alec R. Cook is expected to be charged with 34 counts, most of them sexual assault, relating to multiple incidents involving an unknown number of victims, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told News 3.

Cook was arrested last week when a 20-year-old woman said he attacked her in his apartment on Oct. 12.

Two other victims came forward to report separate incidents of sexual assault after the initial report, and Cook was re-arrested on Friday, Madison police said. One of those incidents happened on Feb. 12 and the other incident happened in 2015.

According to a release from UWPD, a fourth victim contacted police and reported that she was touched inappropriately by Cook on at least 15 different occasions in a UW-Madison class during the 2016 spring semester.

According to a search warrant filed Friday, police found a black leather book while searching Cook's apartment that had a series of women's names inside. The search warrant said the book documents women in a "very systematic way," and each entry showed how Cook met the woman, what he liked about them and what he wanted to do with them.

Police said in the search warrant, there were "statements of ‘kill' and statements of ‘sexual' desires" in the book, but it is unclear how many women's names were in the book.

According to the documents, the Oct. 12 victim said Cook repeatedly raped her for more than two hours and strangled her to the point of near unconsciousness.

According to a criminal complaint filed last week, the victim said she "eventually stopped fighting and he took it as permission." She said she was choked and Cook had a "death grip" on her arm or body the entire time.

According to the documents, police believe Cook drugged the Feb. 12 victim before having sex with her.

Officials said dozens of women have come forward about incidents involving Cook.

Court documents indicate Cook has been charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault, three counts of misdemeanor battery, strangulation and false imprisonment. Ozanne said Cook is expected to be charged with 34 total counts related to sexual assault in court on Thursday.

As part of his bail conditions, Cook has been suspended from the UW-Madison campus.


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