A University of Wisconsin-Madison student, already accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his apartment after a date this month, has now been charged with sexually assaulting four other women.
Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint Thursday that accuses 20-year-old Alec Cook of assaults against five women dating back to March 2015.
Cook’s attorneys say they don’t believe one of the assaults took place and that the sexual encounters with the other four women were consensual. They also argue that police encouraging more people to come forward has contributed to a negative view of the case against him.
Cook is facing 15 charges – eleven various sexual assault counts, two charges of false imprisonment, and two counts of strangulation. Prosecutors also cite stalking and grooming techniques he allegedly used on his victims.
Cook, a business major from Edina, Minnesota, has been suspended from the UW and barred from campus. Bond has been set at $200,000.