- A judge has ordered a suspended University of Wisconsin-Madison student to stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted and harassed multiple women.
Alec Cook, of Edina, Minnesota, faces 21 charges involving 10 women. The counts include sexual assault, stalking and strangulation. Sixteen counts are felonies; the rest are misdemeanors.
The 20-year-old Cook appeared in Dane County court Friday for a preliminary hearing, the step in the legal process where a judge decides whether there's enough evidence to proceed to trial on felony counts.
Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Baily-Rihn ruled after an hours-long hearing Friday that the state's case is plausible and ordered Cook to stand trial on the felony counts. Defendants aren't entitled to a preliminary hearing on misdemeanor counts.
|Story By: Associated Press