Student Faces 15 Counts of 4th-Degree Sexual Assault

On Monday, October 24, the UW-Madison Police Department referred 15 counts of 4th-degree sexual assault to the Dane County District Attorney for Alec R. Cook, 20, of Madison. Cook was already in police custody, pending other sexual assault charges from the City of Madison Police Department.

Last week, a woman contacted UWPD and reported she was touched inappropriately by Cook on at least 15 different occasions in class during the 2016 spring semester.

Since this case, and others being investigated by the City of Madison Police Department, UWPD has been in contact with additional victims who say they were also sexually assaulted by Cook. Those investigations are ongoing, and more charges could be filed later this week.

Cook is currently in the Dane County Jail. He is scheduled for a bail hearing on Tuesday, October 25 on these charges from UWPD, as well as charges from MPD. Cook has been suspended from UW-Madison and as part of his bail conditions, he has been banned from all UW-Madison property.

If you’re a survivor of sexual assault, we hope you’ll report the crime to the UW-Madison Police Department. Please call (608) 264-2677 and ask to speak to a sensitive crimes officer. Our officers are highly trained and will help you. If you’re not ready to report to police, UW-Madison has many resources to help you – visit

Read Dean Lori Berquam’s 10/21 statement on recent sexual assault cases  >>

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