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University of Wisconsin Student Arrested For Multiple Sexual Assaults After Investigators Find Horrifying Notebook

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Dane County Sheriff’s Office

Alec Cook, a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin student, was arrested this month on charges of sexually assaulting a female student. Shortly after, dozens of women came forward with similar stories and when investigators searched his apartment, their claims were verified by a black leather notebook he used to document his desires.

According to police reports, Cook was arrested last week after a 20-year-old woman accused him of attacking her in his downtown Madison apartment on October 12. The woman said that Cook repeatedly raped her for more than two hours and at one point even strangled her until she was almost unconscious. “Eventually,” she explained, “[I] stopped fighting and he took it as permission.” Following his arrest, another woman decided to make her story known to authorities.

“I saw the news story and was empowered by another girl being able to tell what happened to her, that I thought I could now finally tell,” the second woman told a police detective, according to the report. A third woman also reported that Cook assaulted her last year, while a fourth contacted police and reported that Cook inappropriately touched her on at least 15 different occasions during their spring 2016 semester. While searching his apartment, investigators found a black leather notebook that essentially proved their stories true.

“The entries went on to document what he wanted to do with the females,” said Grant Humerickhouse, a Madison police investigator. “Disturbingly enough, there were statements of ‘kill’ and statements of ‘sexual’ desires.”

Cook has denied the allegations against him (although he was suspended from the university), and his lawyer Christopher Van Wagner made a point to say that he fully cooperated with authorities.

“Much of what has been on Facebook has been character assassination of my client,” Van Wagner told the Star Tribune. “He’s been accused of serious crimes, but the media firestorm has prompted a lot of people to apparently go back and re-examine their relationships with him… Keep in mind that not everything you hear is true.”

In a statement released Wednesday, the university condemned the acts. “[We are] shocked and saddened to learn that several UW–Madison students have reported being sexually assaulted by a fellow student,” it read. “Sexual violence is unacceptable in our campus and community. We’re committed to transparency and communication, especially in a case as serious as this one.”

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