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The formal complaint will include charges of second degree sexual assault, battery, strangulation and false imprisonment.
As MPD continues their investigation, UW Police Department has opened their own investigation against Cook, UWPD spokesperson Marc Lovicott said.
In the last week, a “social media firestorm” erupted — particularly on Facebook, Van Wagner said.
Since the case became public, it has prompted some to step forward and contact the authorities, Van Wagner added.
Under Wisconsin State Legislature Chapter 17, an emergency suspension can remain in effect until the decision in the hearing on the underlying charges is rendered or the emergency suspension is rescinded.According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the prosecuting attorney, Assistant District Attorney Colette Sampson, is arguing for a 0,000 bail.Cook’s defense lawyer, Christopher Van Wagner, asked to release his client on a signature bond instead.“There has been a lot of character assassination of my client and a lot of commentary that is not uncommon on Facebook, but it doesn’t help people make a fair judgement about what’s going on,” Van Wagner said.The publicity on Facebook and other social media sites, Van Wagner said, may have caused some people to go back — and in light of the “apparently shocking nature of the accusations” — re-examine their own, older relationships with Cook and conclude whether accurately or not that they may have been the victim of a crime.