UPDATED Thursday, June 19, 2014 --- 10:17 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A former University of Wisconsin football recruit has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman during a visit to the Madison campus last December.
A jury in Dane County convicted 18-year-old Dominic Cizauskas of third-degree sexual assault Wednesday night. Prosecutors say the linebacker from Mukwonago sexually assaulted an acquaintance in her dorm room.
The woman and Cizauskas testified that they had consensual sex several times in the past. Prosecutors argued that no matter what had happened in the past, the woman did not want to have sex with him that night and said no.
The State Journal (http://bit.ly/1uFqjbj ) says Cizauskas faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced in about two months.
Copyright 2014: Associated Press
UPDATED March 17, 2014-- 5:30 p.m.
A Badger recruit is accused of raping a UW student.
18 year old Dominic Cizauskas was in court today with a felony charge of third degree sexual assault.
Cizauskas is a Mukwanago football player and was being recruited for the badgers.
The criminal complaint states he showed up at the victim's dorm after he'd been drinking and forced himself on her.
The victim tried to push him off her but told police it was difficult because he's a 200 pound football player.
The victim did admit to having consensual sexual contact with Cizauskas in June of last year.
His bond was set at $500.
If convicted, Cizauskas faces 10 years in prison and/or $25,000 in fines.
Posted Monday, March 17, 2014 --- 3:04 p.m.
From our news partner WITI in Milwaukee:
MUKWONAGO/MADISON (WITI) – WITI has learned a Mukwonago student-athlete has been charged with sexual assault. The alleged sexual assault occurred in December, 2013, when the Mukwonago student-athlete went to the UW-Madison campus.
18-year-old Dominic Cizauskas of Mukwonago faces one count of third degree sexual assault — a felony charge.
A criminal complaint in the case says the victim in this case told UW-Madison police Cizauskas was visiting the UW-Madison campus from December 13th, 2013 through December 15th, 2013.
The complaint says the victim told police she had been communicating with Cizauskas via text message on the evening of December 13th through the early morning of December 14th. The victim says she was studying for a final examination, and was attempting to dissuade Cizauskas from coming to see her that night because police were looking for a strange man around her residence — and because it was late.
The victim told police while studying in her room, she heard someone asking for directions to her room — before Cizauskas opened her unlocked door and walked in. The complaint says the victim could tell Cizauskas had been drinking, because he had an odor of alcohol on his breath.
The complaint says the victim told police Cizauskas told her he had consumed 10 shots within 30 minutes.
At this point, the complaint indicates Cizauskas sat down next to the victim on the futon, and began kissing her neck and trying to pull her pants down. The victim says she moved Cizauskas’ hand, and tried to pull her pants up, when she says Cizauskas said: “Oh come on — let’s just do this,” according to the complaint.
The complaint indicates Cizauskas pushed the victim into a laying position, pulled her pants off, and began having sex with her without her consent.
The victim told police she tried to make excuses to get Cizauskas to leave. She says she told him several times: “I can’t do this.” The complaint says the victim told police: “I didn’t know what to do. I was by myself. My roommate went home for the weekend, and he’s a 200-pound football player and he had been drinking.”
The complaint indicates the victim is 5’7″ tall, and weighs 126 pounds.
The victim was eventually able to get Cizauskas off of her — before climbing up into her loft-style bed — hoping Cizauskas ”would get the hint and leave.” The complaint says Cizauskas followed her into her bed and “kept going.”
The complaint says the victim continued to tell Cizauskas she “could not do this” and continued to come up with excuses in an attempt to get him to stop and leave.
The victim told police: “I tried to push him off of me, but he’s a 200-pound football player,” according to the complaint.
Eventually, the sexual activity stopped, and the victim told Cizauskas he should go, according to the complaint.
The complaint says later on December 14th, 2013, the victim had a text message conversation with Cizauskas, during which she says she confronted him about the fact that he had sexually assaulted her — and she says he tried to claim she had agreed to have sex with him.
Police spoke with a friend of the victim’s, who had gone to high school with both the victim and Cizauskas. That individual told police he had received a phone call around 2:00 a.m. on December 14th from the victim in this case. He says the victim was “hysterical and crying to the point that he could not understand her.” According to the complaint, he says the victim told him she was sexually assaulted. The complaint indicates this individual went to see the victim, and he told police the victim was “freaking out and crying.”
When speaking with the victim, the victim told police she did have consensual sexual contact with Cizauskas in the past — saying that the last time would have been in June of 2013, according to the complaint. She told police when she began attending UW-Madison in the fall, she would occasionally have text message conversations with Cizauskas – in which she says he would make sexual references and propose “hooking up” with her. According to the complaint, the victim says she believed Cizauskas wanted to come see her to have sex with her, and says she didn’t wish to have sex with him — and would make every excuse she could think of to get out of it. Additionally, according to the complaint, whenever the victim learned Cizauskas would be headed to campus, she would try to avoid him.
If convicted of the felony charge against him, Cizauskas faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, and/or a maximum of $25,000 in fines.