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Former UW student Alec Shiva pleads guilty in sexual assault case

Former UW-Madison student Alec Shiva will be sentenced in September for sexually assaulting and suffocating another student in a dorm room last year.

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Expelled UW-Madison student Alec Shiva, who was accused last November of sexually assaulting another student in a campus dorm room while high on LSD, pleaded guilty to three felonies and two misdemeanors Wednesday.

The felonies, charged in the Dane County Circuit Court, include second-degree sexual assault, strangulation and suffocation and false imprisonment. He also pleaded guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor battery, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

Shiva, of Verona, Wis., was high on LSD as he sexually assaulted and strangled an 18-year-old in Sellery Hall on Nov. 10, 2016, according to the criminal complaint.

According to the complaint:

After the two attended a protest on campus, Shiva became “paranoid” and begged the victim to go back to his dorm room with him. When they arrived, Shiva pushed the victim in and wouldn’t let her leave. He began kissing the victim without her consent, groping and licking her “all over the place,” and said, “I’m going to rape you now, is that okay?”

Shiva had his hands around the victim’s neck at times during the assault. The victim told him she couldn’t breathe and that he was suffocating her, but he did not stop.

The victim was eventually able to kick Shiva off of her, when a knock at the dorm room door startled him, and run away.

Shiva will be sentenced Sept. 15, after a pre-sentence investigation.

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