Hearing set for Minnesota man accused of assaulting 5 women

A former UW-Madison student is accused of sexual assault, strangulation, and false imprisonment

A former University of Wisconsin-Madison student accused of sexual assault, strangulation, and false imprisonment involving five women, including some he met at classes, will be back in court next month.

A Dane County Circuit Court commissioner on Monday scheduled a December 27 preliminary hearing for Alec Cook. The 20-year-old Edina, Minnesota man is facing 14 felony charges and one misdemeanor in a criminal complaint that accuses him of trying to choke one of the women.

Cook’s defense attorneys say his encounters with women were consensual. Attorney Jessa Nicholson said Monday the defense will soon file a motion to dismiss some of the charges.

Cook is charged with second-degree, third-degree, and fourth-degree sexual assault, strangulation, and false imprisonment in cases dating back to March of 2015.

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