A brief and unexpected drama unfolded during the final pretrial hearing for Alec Cook, the 2014 Edina High School graduate who was expelled from the University of Wisconsin amid charges that he sexually assaulted several women.
In Dane County District Court in Madison on Friday, District Attorney Ismael Ozanne revealed that police were present to arrest Cook in the wake of an assault report by another woman.
The campus police are “looking to arrest Mr. Cook because they have had contact with another victim, which they interviewed earlier [Friday] and are looking to take him into custody on those potential charges,” Ozanne said.
On Monday, police said they will recommend charges of false imprisonment and disorderly conduct in connection with accusations made by a female student concerning a dorm incident in 2014.
The surprise announcement was contested by Cook’s defense attorney Christopher Van Wagner, who said that police should first “submit the ... reports like they did in October and November for consideration of additional charges.”
After a brief recess, Ozanne told the judge that police would instead turn over the new allegations to prosecutors.
This latest accuser brings to 11 the number of women accusing Cook, 21, of sexual assault between March 2015 and October 2016. He was arrested in October and released on bail in mid-December.
Cook has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney has said that the sexual encounters were all consensual.
A trial date has yet to be set.