Man to Plead Guilty in Sex Assaults of Wisconsin Students

Alec Cook
Alec Cook

February 19, 2018 08:07 PM

A former student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who is accused of sexually assaulting and stalking female students is expected to plead guilty Wednesday.

Twenty-one-year-old Alec Cook of Edina was scheduled to go to trial next week in one of the cases against him. But his lawyer, Jessa Nicholson Goetz, confirmed to KSTP Monday that he will plead guilty to five of the 21 counts he faces.

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The remainder will be dismissed and read-in, which means the judge can still use the dismissed charges for context when deciding on Cook's sentence. Though Goetz said those dismissed charges will not lead to increased penalties beyond that of the five counts to which he will plead guilty.

She said sentencing is expected to come in late May or early June, and she does not expect Cook to make a statement Wednesday.

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Cook was initially charged in 2016 with 12 counts of varying degrees of sexual assault involving six women, and other charges including stalking. Prosecutors and police say 11 women have been victims of sexual assault or harassment by Cook.

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