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UW-Madison Student Alec Cook Charged with 15 Counts of Sexual Assault on Five Women

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by EMMA MARGOLIN

A University of Wisconsin-Madison student was charged Thursday with 15 counts related to the sexual assault of five women.

Alec Cook, 20, appeared in Dane County Circuit Court for a bail hearing on Thursday where a judge set a $200,000 cash bond.

A no contest plea was entered.

The earliest assault allegedly took place on March 20, 2015, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Dane County District Attorney's office.

Police arrested Cook last week after a fellow UW student accused him of strangling and assaulting her at his apartment on October 12, according to the criminal complaint. More victims began coming forward soon after.

A search warrant filed with the Dane County Circuit Court states that dozens of women have come to the police wanting to speak about "unknown acts related to Cook."

The search warrant also states that a detective who searched Cook's apartment had found a black leather notebook in a nightstand drawer that listed the names of "a series" of women, how he met them and what he liked about them. Some entries went on to document "what he wanted to do with the females," the warrant states.

The university has placed Cook under emergency suspension and banned him from campus.

Cook's attorneys deny all the allegations.

"Once we have the charges, we will review and respond appropriately," said Chris Van Wagner and Jessa Nicholson, attorneys for Cook, in a statement Wednesday. "For now, we ask people to keep in mind that while many words may have been spoken, published, shared, and posted, no facts have yet been proven."

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