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Cook’s court date set, fraternity separates him

The court date for Alec R. Cook, a UW-Madison senior who was arrested for sexual assault Monday, has been set for Nov. 7 at the Dane County Circuit Court.

Cook has been accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in his apartment Oct. 12. The victim contacted authorities Sunday.

Cook is charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault, three counts of battery and one of both false imprisonment and strangulation.

The student will also appear in court Oct. 24, where a temporary restraining order filed against him will be addressed.

He was released from the Dane County Jail Wednesday on a signature bond after a court appearance Wednesday.

Cook has been separated from his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, according to a statement released by the fraternity. Brett Struthers, president of UW-Madison’s chapter of the fraternity, confirmed that Cook was a member of the organization.

The statement said the fraternity is working with alumni to handle the situation and said, “The Wisconsin Alpha chapter does not condone any behavior that is disrespectful to women, and violates the principles and values of Phi Delta Theta.”

Phi Delta Theta will work with local authorities to hold all members accountable for actions that are contrary to those values, according to the statement.

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