At least six women have now accused Alec Cook, a student at the University of Wisconsin, of sexual assault, The New York Times reports. Investigators say that “dozens” of women have contacted them “wanting to speak” about Cook.
The deluge of allegations started after one woman contacted police on October 12, saying that Cook had kept her trapped in his apartment, assaulting her for more than two hours. Another alleged victim told detectives that she felt “empowered” to come forward after seeing that story reported in the news.
The accusations leveled against Cook suggest a disturbing predatory pattern. The victims claim to have met Cook in class or during social events, which led to exchanges of Facebook messages or texts. They willingly accompanied Cook to his apartment, but consensual sexual encounters quickly turned violent. One woman said Cook raped her and choked her until her vision blurred. Another said he grabbed her by the hair, forced her to perform oral sex, and raped her.
Yet another woman texted her brother after an encounter with Cook, saying that he had held her in a “death grip” when she tried to walk away from him. “I dont feel like I was assaulted … I dont think,” she wrote. “But I feel very weird.”
While searching Cook’s apartment, investigators found a notebook in which Cook kept detailed notes about the women he met, and what he wanted to do to them.
“Each entry showed how he met the female, and what he liked about them,” reported local TV station WKOW, based on a police affidavit. “Further entries went on to document what he wanted to do with the females. Disturbingly enough there were statements of ‘kill’ and statements of ‘sexual desires.’”
The University of Wisconsin has placed Cook on “emergency suspension,” which will likely lead to further disciplinary action. He has pleaded not guilty to 14 felonies and one misdemeanor, among them second-degree sexual assault, forced imprisonment, strangulation, and suffocation.
Read the full story at The New York Times.