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Man sentenced to prison for assault of two local women, UW-Madison student

The man who assaulted a UW-Madison student outside Gordon Dining and Event Center received over 20 years in prison. 

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Monona resident Coleman Chung was sentenced to over 20 years in federal prison Thursday for the attempted abduction of a woman and the assault of two others. 

In 2017, within the span of a week, Chung attempted to abduct a woman from the UW-Madison campus, sexually assaulted an unconscious UW-Madison student and attacked another woman while trying to rob her. 

Chung was sentenced to 22.5 years in federal prison with 15 years of extended supervision after his release, which Dane County Circuit Judge Ellen Berz said may not come if the state decides to confine Chung permanently under Wisconsin’s sexual predator law. 

“The rest of Mr. Chung’s life will be defined by what he did to you,” Dane County Circuit Judge Ellen Berz told Chung’s victims. 

One of the victims in the case, who remains unnamed, is currently a sophomore at UW-Madison. 

When Chung found her passed out near Gordon Dining and Event Center he removed her clothing and recorded himself inappropriately touching her with his iPod.

The victim did not know of the assault until police found the videos during an investigation of the other charges and tracked her down. 

The UW-Madison student said Chung is “everything that is evil and wrong in the world.” She told Berz the incident has taken away her ability to feel safe at school. 

Just three days after assaulting the unconscious victim, Chung attempted to abduct a different student on Observatory Drive. He grabbed the student, put duct tape over her mouth and tried to force her into his car, but the student was able to escape him. 

The victim, who also remains unnamed, later told Berz that while she condemns Chung’s actions, she wants to “thank him for making her throw away her fearlessness.” 

Chung made a statement apologizing to the women. None of his victims had to testify against him in court. 

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